May Old Clean Air Laws Be Forgot...

In the wee hours of Oct. 22, 1990, a weary group of Washington lawmakers celebrated with champagne and bipartisan backslaps after hammering out the first overhaul of the nation's clean-air laws in 13 years. They had managed to paper over deep conflicts to pass a sweeping law that left hardly any industry or region untouched and carried a $25 billion price tag. "People sweated blood for that agreement," recalls one lobbyist.

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