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Bush’s Final Audacity

November 3, 2008

Bush’s Final Kick


Published November 3, 2008

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George W.

George W

The White House is
working to enact a wide array of federal regulations, many of which
would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the
environment, before President Bush leaves office in January.

The new rules would be among the most controversial deregulatory
steps of the Bush era and could be difficult for his successor to undo.
Some would ease or lift constraints on private industry, including
power plants, mines and farms.

Those and other regulations would help clear obstacles to some
commercial ocean-fishing activities, ease controls on emissions of
pollutants that contribute to global warming, relax drinking-water standards and lift a key restriction on mountaintop coal mining.

Once such rules take effect, they typically can be undone only
through a laborious new regulatory proceeding, including lengthy
periods of public comment, drafting and mandated reanalysis.

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