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Washington, DC - According to a lawsuit filed in February by Earthjustice on behalf of a coalition of environmental and public health groups, the Bush administration's changes to a key provision of the Clean Air Act is illegal and will dramatically increase air pollution, threatening the health of millions of Americans,. The groups - American Lung Association, Communities for a Better Environment, Environmental Defense, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) and the Sierra Club - charge that on New Year's Eve the Environmental Protection Agency adopted illegal changes weakening the Clean Air Act's "New Source Review" program. This program requires industrial facilities to install modern pollution controls when they upgrade or modify their equipment and significantly increase their emissions. "The administration's weakening of the Clean Air Act is bad news for anyone who breathes," said Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club. "The Bush administration gave polluters the green light to ignore Americans' health and safety. President Bush should enforce the law and tell power plants, factories, and refineries to reduce their pollution so our communities are healthier places to raise families." "This rule change enables facilities to continue poisoning America's skies by ducking long-overdue pollution controls," said Keri Powell of Earthjustice, one of the attorneys handling the case for the plaintiffs. "The American public should be outraged at the price they will pay in death, illness, and environmental destruction." Fifteen states already have filed similar challenges to the new rule. hello

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