of course this cannot be real, because I remember having arguments right here and being told that the President doesn't interfere or doesn't tell even cabinet level folks what to do in their orgs.....Friday news dump too.... why yes mr. president reducing ozone depletion = smog standards, so close to the background level that Yellowstone Park would have trouble passing is a tad aggressive. Obama pulls back proposed smog standards in victory for business By Juliet Eilperin, Updated: Friday, September 2, 9:40 AM President Obama abruptly pulled back proposed new national smog standards Friday morning, overruling the Environmental Protection Agencys efforts to compel states and communities nationwide to reduce local air pollution in the coming years or face federal penalties. The move represented a win for the business community, which had lobbied to postpone new restrictions on ground-level ozone known as smog until 2013 in light of the economic downturn. It also raised questions about the fate of several other air quality regulations the EPA is preparing to finalize this year. snip- The federal government normally reviews the standards for ground-level ozone a primary standard for public health and a secondary one aimed at the environment every five years. The George W. Bush administration set the primary standard at 75 parts per billion in March 2008, but Jackson chose to revisit the standards early because that level was significantly higher than the 60 to 70 parts per billion recommended by the EPAs scientific advisory committee at the time. more at- Obama pulls back proposed smog standards in victory for business - The Washington Post would anyone be shocked if I told you they have not even completed their study? AND like Obamas comment in Iowa on the Bus tour that the EPA measures cost per reg. and they have not done that either?