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12/29/2018 6:12 am  #1

Got Mercury?

New E.P.A. Plan Could Free Coal Plants to Release More Mercury Into the Air

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration proposed on Friday major changes to the way the federal government calculates the benefits, in human health and safety, of restricting mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants.

In the proposal, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a finding declaring that federal rules imposed on mercury by the Obama administration are too costly to justify.

It drastically changed the formula the government uses in its required cost-benefit analysis of the regulation by taking into account only certain effects that can be measured in dollars, while ignoring or playing down other health benefits.

The result could set a precedent reaching far beyond mercury rules. “It will make it much more difficult for the government to justify environmental regulations in many cases,” said Robert N. Stavins, a professor of environmental economics at Harvard University.

We live in a time in which decent and otherwise sensible people are surrendering too easily to the hectoring of morons or extremists. 

12/29/2018 7:55 am  #2

Re: Got Mercury?

Under the Trump administration the E.P.A. Will officially change its name to the Environmental Pollution Agency.

Just don’t try to build a wind farm to generate electricity anywhere near one of his golf resorts . . . It destroys the view.


12/29/2018 10:28 am  #3

Re: Got Mercury?

I can hardly take much more of this anymore.  The bottomline is that consumer protections are fine unless it interferes with corporate interests.

In a nutshell, that's what this administration is all about ..... what's best for corporate profit must be what's best for the rest of us and pumping wads of cash into the political system ensures those elected to represent us worship the almighty dollar first.


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