“Clear skies” Proposal draws mixed reactions at Senate Hearing


  • Randy Showstack


The Bush administration's “Clear Skies Initiative” proposal to reduce atmospheric sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and mercury was described at an 8 April Senate hearing as a good amendment to the Clean Air Act, and alternately, as a delay in attaining a cleaner environment.

The hearing, by the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate Change, and Nuclear Safety, was the first of several anticipated this session on the Clear Skies Act (S.485), which represents the administration's top environmental initiative.