Federal rules aimed at reducing pollution in cities include many loopholes, according to a recent media report. The rules were intended to penalize cities -- by withholding highway-construction dollars -- that did not change road-building plans to cut pollution. The report found that transportation planners in Charlotte, N.C., overestimated the number of residents who would take public transportation. The city also told the EPA that building additional miles of highways would cause residents to drive less, according to the report.

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