E.P.A. Weakens Controls on Mercury, New York Times ($)

The agency is changing the way it calculates the benefits of mercury controls, a move that would effectively loosen the rules on other toxic pollutants.

By Lisa Friedman and Coral Davenport • Published April 16, 2020 | Updated Dec. 7, 2020

A coal-fired powerplant in Winfield, W.Va. The 2012 rule has been credited with preventing thousands of premature deaths.
A coal-fired powerplant in Winfield, W.Va. The 2012 rule has been credited with preventing thousands of premature deaths. (Credit: John Raby/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday weakened regulations on the release of mercury and other toxic metals from oil and coal-fired power plants, another step toward rolling back health protections in the middle of a pandemic.

The new Environmental Protection Agency rule does not eliminate restrictions on the release of mercury, a heavy metal linked to brain damage. Instead, it creates a new method of calculating the costs and benefits of curbing mercury pollution that environmental lawyers said would fundamentally undermine the legal underpinnings of controls on mercury and many other pollutants. MORE>>


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