U.S. regulators delay smog rule for fourth time

Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:42pm GMT

* Fourth time EPA delays rule

* OMB reviewing rule, EPA says will be finalized "shortly"

* Dow Chemical, industry groups say rule too expensive

By Timothy Gardner

WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it would again delay issuing a final limit on smog pollution opposed by manufacturers and many Republican lawmakers until the Obama administration has finished reviewing it.

In December, the agency said it would issue the rule by the end of July.

However, on Tuesday the EPA said the rule is going through interagency review at the White House Office of Management and Budget and that it will not issue the rule on Friday as it had intended.

"Following completion of this final step, EPA will finalize its reconsideration, but will not issue the final rule on July 29th, the date the agency had intended," the EPA said in a release.

It did not say when it expects the rule to be issued, but added, "we look forward to finalizing this standard shortly."   Continued...

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