http://nytimes.com/2006/03/18/politics/18enviro.html?hp&ex=1142744400&en=881e45691d089a11&ei=5094&partner=homepage WASHINGTON, March 17 A federal appeals court on Friday overturned a clean-air regulation issued by the Bush administration that would have let many power plants, refineries and factories avoid installing costly new pollution controls to help offset any increased emissions caused by repairs and replacements of equipment. This was Bush's attempt at payback to all the energy co's that supported his campaign. (read=contributed lots of $$) If the appeals court hadn't overturned it, all these companies could have gotten away with not spending tons of money to update their plants. Which meant lots more pollution and more profits for these companies. Yes, bush was trying to help out these companies even though he likes to stand on podiums and stump for clean air. The winners this time more than a dozen states, including New York and California and a large group of environmental organizations hailed the decision as one of their most important gains in years of litigation, regulation and legal challenges under the Clean Air Act. The provision of the law at issue, the "new source review" section, governs the permits required at more than 1,300 coal-fueled power plants around the country and 17,000 factories, refineries and chemical plants that spew millions of tons of pollution into the air each year. "This is an enormous victory over the concerted efforts by the Bush administration to dismantle the Clean Air Act," Eliot Spitzer, the New York attorney general, whose office led the opposition from the states, said in an interview. Mr. Spitzer, who is running for governor, said the ruling "shows that the administration's effort to misinterpret and undermine the statute is illegal."