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Waxman: Ozone Law Explanation Hot Air

Jul 31, 2020
House oversight committee chair Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) is giving the White House one more chanceto explain its role in the suspiciously weak air quality standards written by the EPA in mid-March.
The EPA is under the committee’s wrathfor a number of decisions, but the ozone standard controversy is different. It appearsthat maligned EPA administrator Stephen Johnson approved an ozone standard slightly weaker than the recommendation of staff scientists. But then the White House- namely Office of Management and Budget Director Susan Dudley- stepped in and demanded a standard even more lax than what Johnson wanted.
Why did OMB do this? Did someone above Dudley tell her to intervene? The OMB’s answer so far is that it was a confidential decision made by the executive branch. Waxman is giving Dudley five more days to respond to his questions.
The endgame to this back and forth has implications beyond another case of White House stalling. Under the Clean Air Act, whatever ozone standard the EPA approves is law for ten years.
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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