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[GreenYes] New Non-Regulatory Environmental Proposal
 DATE  Friday, February 09, 2001  
 Lawmakers back business approach 

WASHINGTON (AP) - A business approach to managing the environment that uses terms "performance-based" and "market-driven" won the backing Thursday of two senior Republicans and a Democrat who help steer natural resources policy. In an 18-page document described as a nonpartisan blueprint for lawmakers, the Business Roundtable laid out a program for "constructive changes in our environmental protection system." The group, which comprises chief executives of large companies, said free trade and environmental flexibility should be emphasized. The document also recommended that lawmakers help shift regulatory controls away from the EPA and toward the states along with voluntary self-auditing, approaches that have been endorsed by new EPA Administrator Christie Whitman, New Jersey's former governor. Other goals include a "better alignment of energy and environmental policies" and an overall climate of fewer regulations on businesses in order to reduce barriers on developing new technology. Industry leaders were represented by Earnest W. Deavenport Jr., chairman and CEO of Eastman Chemical Co.; Fred Webber, president of the American Chemistry Council; and American Forest and Paper Association President Henson Moore. 

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