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American Petroleum Institute backs EPA decision to maintain particulate matter standards

American Petroleum Institute backs EPA decision to maintain particulate matter standards”

Public health and environmental groups said the move undermines future regulators' ability to set stricter limits on air pollution because they will not be able to account for the full range of health benefits of a proposed rule if they mainly factor in its cost to justify it.

But environmental advocates refuted this claim that the new rule will protect public health and the environment.

WEA President Kathleen Sgamma wrote the Alliance's August 3 supportive comment on the proposed rule, finalized today, telling EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, "The general equilibrium approach with a clear definition of the term "social cost" is an important aspect of the proposed rule".

Emily Davis, senior attorney in the Climate & Clean Energy Program at the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council, said, "This is an egregious 11th-hour attempt to handcuff the incoming administration and undercut the benefits of clean air - in the worst days of a global health crisis". As first envisioned by Scott Pruitt, Wheeler's predecessor as EPA chief, the cost-benefit analysis requirements would have applied to significant new EPA regulations for all types.

The rule "poses a threat to health because when the agency analyzes the costs and benefits of potential new clean air rules, they will now be allowed to ignore the health benefits of cleaning up additional air pollution", said Harold Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association.

Wheeler later narrowed the focus to only Clean Air Act regulations, with plans to follow up with similar blueprints for water, hazardous waste and toxics regulations in the next several years.

Saeger, too, called on President-elect Joe Biden to reverse the rule after he takes office on January 20, 2021.

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The changes mean that when the EPA evaluates proposed clean air standards, it must consider all costs to affected industries - but discount numerous public health benefits, such as lowering the risks of respiratory illnesses, immune system damage and early deaths, and reducing the greenhouse gas pollution that causes global warming.

Cleetus, who signed a letter in August with other environmental and advocacy groups in opposition to the rule, then in a proposal phase, pressed the Biden administration to reverse the rule.

The National Mining Association, which represents coal producers, said the rule "will greatly improve cost-benefit analysis in the rulemaking process".

"For four years, this administration has waged war on public health by kowtowing to polluters", said EWG President Ken Cook.

Al Armendariz, director of federal campaigns at the Sierra Club and a former EPA regional administrator, said low-income, minority communities would "bear the brunt" of the decision. "It says that the EPA doesn't care about doing thorough work to make sure as many people as possible are protected from dirty air".

Main Image: Coal-fired power plant in central Wyoming.



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