EPA’s greenhouse gas play before climate talks irks steel

Dec 09, 2009 | 11:33 AM | Scott Robertson

A foul odor emanating from Washington on greenhouse gas emissions has sparked the ire of some in the U.S. metals industries as they watch the global climate change meetings in Copenhagen.

"Something is rotten in Denmark when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mandates regulation when the U.S. Congress can't pass legislation that is seriously flawed," said Thomas A. Danjczek, president of the Steel Manufacturers Association. "It's a travesty by the EPA to manipulate the administration position prior to Copenhagen."

Danjczek's statements were in reaction to an EPA announcement this week that greenhouse gases generated by burning coal and oil are dangerous to public health, giving the agency the authority to regulate emissions under the Clean Air Act.....

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