Lisa P. Jackson, administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is attempting to overcome pressure from Congress, industries, environmentalists and the Supreme Court to establish tougher air- and water-quality regulations in the coming weeks and months. The upcoming regulations on smog, mercury, carbon dioxide, mining waste and vehicle emissions also carry serious economic implications that could also impact President Obama’s run for re-election.

According to John M. Broder with the New York Times, the new rules are expected to roll out just as President Obama’s re-election campaign swings into high gear.  With the potential of political damage from a flood of government mandates, Jackson’s tasks to address global warming emissions leave her with a limited team of supporters.

To Jackson the job is draining, yet there are certain principles she will not compromise, including enforcement of even the most far-reaching health-related rules ever considered by the agency.

“The only thing worse than no E.P.A. is an E.P.A. that exists and doesn’t do its job — it becomes just a placebo,” Jackson said in the New York Times article. “We are doing our job.”

Despite Congressional efforts to override her authority and a White House initiative to weed out “overly burdensome regulations,” Jackson made it clear that he intends to move forward with tougher air- and water-quality rules, including those that address climate change.

The first of the new rules and regulations are expected to be announced on July 7, which will impose tighter restrictions on soot and smog emissions from coal-burning power plants in 31 states east of the Rocky Mountains. 

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Source: New York Times