Under the Bush Administration, TNRCC, a Texas environmental protection agency, initiated a program to "undo any state regulations that had no parallel federal regulation or requirement. In the fall of 1997 the agency acted to remove the rules in its Air Toxics Regulation III, concerning hydrogen fluoride standards. One of the most deadly chemicals used in manufacturing today, Hydrogen Fluoride is released from burning fossil fuels, such as coal and lignite, as well as from refineries and computer chip manufacturing. This regulation was intended to provide stringent protection for human health, welfare, animal life, and vegetation." (www.txpeer.org/Bush/Quiet_Little_War2.html).
This regulatory rollback for hydrogen fluoride benefitted the coal burning utilities and the semiconductor industry. They contributed over $112,700 to Bush's campaigns. The chart below is from the Texas PEER website at www.txpeer.org/Bush/quiet_little_war3.html. The HF emissions are the pounds of hydrogen fluoride air pollution.
|Company||HF Emmissions (lbs.)||Contribution|
|GWB Advanced Micro Devices||305||$1,000|
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