From the LA Times, c/o the Daily Grist.
:: 3.16.2004 ::
Mercury Emissions Rule Geared to Benefit Industry, Staffers Say
Buffeted by complaints, EPA Administrator Michael Leavitt calls for additional analysis.
By Tom Hamburger and Alan C. Miller, Times Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — Political appointees in the Environmental Protection Agency bypassed agency professional staff and a federal advisory panel last year to craft a rule on mercury emissions preferred by the industry and the White House, several longtime EPA officials say.
The EPA staffers say they were told not to undertake the normal scientific and economic studies called for under a standing executive order. At the same time, the proposal to regulate mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants was written using key language provided by utility lobbyists.
In announcing the mercury plan, the EPA said it would reduce mercury emissions from power plants by 70% by 2018.
However, the EPA's own database shows that emissions would, at best, be reduced by only about half by then. And EPA models suggest that the 70% goal may not be reached until 2025, if ever
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