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Brian O’Neill: Don’t trade our air for a budget deal

“Normally I’d say don’t hold your breath, but in this case do just that. You may need the practice. This bill intends to create an Air Quality Permit Advisory Committee, with members appointed by legislative leaders and the governor, to review air quality permits issued by the Department of Environmental Protection to unconventional gas drillers.

“In other words, the idea is to hand over DEP’s permitting to a seven-member, politicized board that need not have any expertise in air quality issues.”

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