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U.S. Roll Back Clean Air Rules

The Bush administration will allow old coal-fired power plants and oil refineries to emit more air pollution.

The Bush administration will allow old coal-fired power plants and oil refineries to emit more air pollution.

The aim of the move is to make it easier for industrial facilities to upgrade their plants.

The new rules would allow such companies not to install expensive pollution control equipment.

"Corporate polluters will now be able to spew even more harmful chemicals into our air, regardless of the fact that it will harm millions of Americans," said the NRDC, which obtained a leaked copy of the EPA's final rule.

Emissions from coal-fired plants can aggravate asthma, chronic bronchitis and pneumonia.