"With Election Day less than two weeks away and Republicans rallying around their opposition to U.S. EPA regulations, the agency is expected to wait before it tightens the nationwide limit on ozone pollution.
At issue is the Obama administration's revision of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone, which is linked to breathing problems and heart disease. Ever since EPA proposed tightening the George W. Bush-era standards in January, the issue has become a pillar of Republican opposition to the Obama administration's environmental agenda.
Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, recently listed the ozone review as proof of President Obama's 'anti-industrial policy.' The proposed rule was also featured prominently last week when the top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a list of the costliest new regulations being issued under the Clean Air Act."