Environment: The Catalyst Backfires

The Environmental Protection Agency last week granted automakers a year's extension on the federal deadline for the removal of virtually all pollutants from the exhausts of 1977-model cars. The extension itself came as no surprise; meeting the tough federal standards would have added another $445 to the cost of a new car for antipollution equipment that might have decreased fuel economy to boot. But in making the announcement, EPA Administrator Russell Train did not mention energy or recession. The major reason for the delay, he said, was the EPA'S conclusion that the catalytic...

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