Obama's smog plan splits black leaders

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President Barack Obama's aggressive environmental agenda is running into a surprising source of opposition: Black elected leaders.

The administration is slated to tighten the restrictions for ozone, the pollutant that causes smog, by Oct. 1, but some African-American state and local politicians are lining up with business groups to warn that the clampdown would hurt poor communities and manufacturing centers like Gary, Ind., and St. Louis.

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