Report Describes How Energy Companies Bought EPA Officials

  • Posted on: 24 September 2010
  • By: JesseColeman

John Pemberton, a former EPA official now in the employ of Southern Company.

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A report by Public Citizen entitled EPA’s Smoke Screen details how Congress was given false information while campaign contributions and political connections gutted a key Clean Air rule.  The Report mentions John Pemberton, a former EPA Chief of Staff who went to work for Southern Company just one week after his office ruled in favor of relaxing pollution controls on the energy company.  The ruling effectively repealed the Clean Air Act's "new source review," which requires companies to install modern pollution control technologies in new plants and in old plants when they make modifications that significantly increase pollution.

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