So-Called "Freedom to Breathe Act" Advances

Tara Alatorre of Cronkite News Service tells us about Sen. Sylvia Allen's "Freedom to Breathe Act."

A key point:

Colleen McKaughan, associate director of EPA’s San Francisco-based regional air division, said a law attempting to remove her agency’s oversight of air pollution would cost Arizona millions of dollars in federal highway funding.

“It tries to prohibit us from doing our required duties, and it’s problematic,” she said in a phone interview.

Henry Darwin, director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, said SB 1393 is worrisome because it could cause the EPA to throw out Arizona’s implementation plan for reducing particulate pollution and impose its own plan.

“Our biggest fear is this legislation will have the exact opposite of what it is trying to accomplish,” he said.

The whole story after the jump: