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Source: http://www.usnewswire.com:80/topnews/Current_Releases/0525-102.htm

Clean Air Trust: Clean Air Face-Off -- Browner vs. Gray
U.S. Newswire
25 May 9:02

Clean Air Trust: Clean Air Face-Off -- Browner vs. Gray
To: National Desk, Environment Reporter
Contact: Frank O'Donnell of Clean Air Trust, 202-785-9625

WASHINGTON, May 25 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following was released today by Clean Air Trust:

TO: Editors and reporters covering the environment
FROM: Frank O'Donnell
DATE: May 24, 1999

CLEAN AIR FACE-OFF: BROWNER VERSUS GRAY

It could be the air pollution debate of the decade. America's clean-air champion, EPA Administrator Carol Browner, against polluter-lobbyist C. Boyden Gray, the man some believe is the personification of smog and soot.

The setting is a May 27 panel discussion hosted by the American Enterprise Institute/Brookings Institution Joint Center for Regulatory Studies. The panel discussion is slated to begin at 2 p.m. at 1150 17th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Browner is likely to slam the recent federal appeals court ruling that set aside EPA's 1997 health standards for smog and soot. Last week she noted the Clinton administration would appeal the ruling, which she described as "extreme, illogical and bizarre."

Gray is likely to praise the ruling -- and no wonder. He was its intellectual architect.

The ruling was only the latest step in Gray's multi-year, multi-faceted campaign to prevent stricter clean air standards. As the D.C. lobbyist for Utah-based Geneva Steel Corp., Gray had been the principal tactician for an alliance of polluters (the "Air Quality Standards Coalition") that spent tens of millions of dollars trying to block the new standards for smog and soot.

After losing the battle at the White House and the court of public opinion, the polluters went to a different court. An attorney for the high-priced Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering law firm, Gray joined the polluter case against EPA on behalf of two members of Congress -- Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) (note the Utah connection) and Rep. Tom Bliley (R-Va.).

It is unclear how Gray's law firm was compensated for his efforts on behalf of Sen. Hatch and Rep. Bliley. What is clear is that the radical legal argument made by Gray and two legal colleagues -- that EPA had acted unconstitutionally in setting the health standards -- was adopted by the appeals court.

Please don't hesitate to call me at 202-785-9625 if you'd like to discuss.

-0- /U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/ 05/25 09:02

Copyright 1999, U.S. Newswire

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