link is to an explanation of the epa rule buck mentioned. i was curious as to what the rule entailed.
what the white house claims as "successes" in regards to environmental issues. scroll down & it discusses the rule above.
above link is to a wiki article (take it for what it's worth...). in the article, it explains that the EPA is now an independent agency & is no longer a cabinet position (under Nixon, who founded this agencey, it was a cabinet position) and that the only link is the president appoints the leader with congressional approval. the epa must compy with the laws and budgets imposed by congress. it also has the ability to write it's own rules and regulations, as long as they do not conflict with existing federal laws. what's scary is this :
"Air quality standards review - Since its inception the EPA has begun to rely less and less on its scientists and more on non-science personnel. EPA has recently changed their policies regarding limits for ground-level ozone, particulates, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and lead. New policies will minimize scientist interaction with the agency and rely more on policy makers who have minimal scientific knowledge. This new policy has been criticized by Democrats. On March 12, 2008, the federal government of the United States reported that the air in hundreds of U.S. counties was simply too dirty to breathe, ordering a multi-billion dollar expansion of efforts to clean up smog in cities and towns nationwide."
really? an agency that's about environmental science is utilizing "less and less" science and relying more and more on "non-science personnel".