Trump EPA orders rollback of Obama-era regulations

Cesar Mills
December 31, 2018

"Although an analysis of all benefits and costs in accordance with generally recognized benefit-cost analysis practices is appropriate for informing the public about the potential effects of any regulatory action. this does not mean that equal consideration of all benefits and costs, including co-benefits, is appropriate for the specific statutory appropriate and necessary finding called for under CAA section 112 (n)(1)(A)."

The mercury regulation also costs the coal industry $9.6 billion annually, making it among the most expensive regulations the EPA has ever had to enforce.

The 2011 Obama administration rule led to what electric utilities say was an $18 billion clean-up of mercury and other toxins from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants. The rule places limits on the amount of mercury that a power plant can emit.

Environmental groups say the regulation has contributed to and 85 per cent reduction in mercury emissions in the last decade.

In keeping in place the Obama-era standards on mercury emissions, Trump officials are acknowledging the billions of dollars companies have already spent in upgrades to comply.

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"There is nobody who operates power plants who is asking for the rule to go away", said Jeffrey R. Holmstead, a partner at the law firm Bracewell who served as EPA air chief under the second President George Bush. Mercury is a neurotoxin that can damage the brain and nervous system in young children, leading to lower IQ and impaired motor skills.

The EPA on Friday proposed a new rule that challenges the basis for the Obama regulation.

The original rule required power plants to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants by more than 90 percent over five years. The federal government is required to take into account both the costs and health benefits when considering pollution regulations.

The Trump administration in August proposed an overhaul for another Obama-era regulation that would have prodded electricity providers to get less of their energy from dirtier-burning coal plants.

Coming one week into a government shutdown, and in the lull between Christmas and New Year, 'this low-key announcement shouldn't fool anyone - it is a big deal, with significant implications, ' McCabe said.

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