EPA clarifies White House role in air-monitoring rule changes

02/17/2010 | OMB Watch

Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for clean air at the Environmental Protection Agency, denied reports that the White House's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs pushed the agency to reduce the number of air monitors it should use to measure nitrogen dioxide exposure in urban areas. OIRA asked the EPA to reposition the air monitors to afford more flexibility and provide better protection of "vulnerable populations," McCarthy explained.

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