WASHINGTON-Efforts to roll back requirements of the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments have begun, and provisions that affect the automotive industry are included. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., has introduced a ``Clean Air Time Out'' bill that would postpone new automobile emissions regulations for two years. Mr. Upton argues that his district in southwest Michigan is being forced to clean up air that is polluted by industry in nearby Chicago and Gary, Ind.
Meanwhile, Rep. Tom Delay of Texas, the House Republican whip, introduced a bill to postpone all new federal regulations until July.
Also, state environmental officers and the National Governors Assoc-iation recently presented a wish-list to the Environmental Protection Agency, asking the federal government to use its regulation-writing powers to ease up on Clean Air Act enforcement.
Included in their list: easier inspection and maintenance requirements for automobiles.