October 13, 2005 INHOFE APPLAUDS EPA FOR NEW SOURCE REVIEW UPDATES Continues Call for Democrats to Re-engage in Discussions on Moving Clear Skies 3-P Legislation Forward WASHINGTON, DC – Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Environment & Public Works Committee, today applauded the Environmental Protection Agency for its proposal to bring more clarity and regulatory certainty to the New Source Review (NSR) process in updating its testing methods. “Enforcement of the NSR program has been burdensome, confusing, contradictory, and counterproductive to environmental progress,” Senator Inhofe said. “With EPA’s action today to ‘harmonize’ NSR with existing clean air programs, power plants will have more clarity in meeting their clean air obligations. Improved regulatory certainty will only help encourage further investments in state-of-the-art pollution control technologies that reduce pollution and make our air cleaner. “Updating the NSR program is a significant step to a better environment, but Congress should go even further by passing the Clear Skies Act and its 70 percent emissions reductions. If our friends on the other side of the aisle are truly serious about improving the nation’s air quality and cutting pollution from power plants, they should join us in supporting the Clear Skies Act instead of delaying reductions with political posturing, criticisms of Administration actions, and unnecessary demands for more information to add to the tens of thousands of pages we already have.”