Roll Call reports:
Environmental advocates are warning that changes to the way the EPA calculates public health benefits of the rules it writes would make it harder to regulate air pollution, even as industry groups cheer the overhauls they have long sought.
The EPA on Thursday evening proposed overhauls to its metrics for weighing the public health and environmental benefits of the regulations it writes against the costs for industries to comply with new rules.
The proposal follows years of conservatives, industry groups and GOP lawmakers accusing the Obama administration of overstating potential environmental and public health benefits to justify what they say were overly stringent rules that were detrimental to industry.
Before becoming EPA chief, Andrew Wheeler [photo] was a lobbyist for coal producer Murray Energy, which is wholly-owned by a major Trump donor.
The US EPA is proposing new rules for writing clean air regulations. Environmentalists fear the move will lead to weaker regulations and less protection for communities impacted by air pollution. By @ValerieVolco https://t.co/CN4pPG9hC0
— Katy Daigle (@katydaigle) June 5, 2020
EPN member @janetgmccabe @IUMcKinney told @SeanatGreenwire @EENewsUpdates that @EPAAWheeler‘s new cost-benefit proposal “is not about transparency; it’s about what benefits this administration thinks should be allowed to be counted.” https://t.co/q8tjfH1hln
— Environmental Protection Network (@EnvProtectioNet) June 5, 2020