EPA says regulation of mercury emissions not "appropriate and necessary"

31 December, 2018, 05:48 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • EPA proposes easing regulation of mercury from coal plants

The Trump administration will consider abolishing a regulation that has helped dramatically reduce mercury pollution from coal-fired power stations, saying the costs outweigh the health benefits.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that it was proposing new rules regarding the regulation of hazardous air pollutants, potentially making way for fewer restrictions on various pollutants in the future. The federal government is required to take into account both the costs and health benefits when considering pollution regulations. Andrew Wheeler, the acting EPA administration signed the proposal.

On Friday, the EPA said the 2011 rule will stay in place.

The public will have 60 days to comment on it before a final rule is issued. Mercury is a neurotoxin that can damage the brain and nervous system in young children, leading to lower IQ and impaired motor skills.

Coal power plants are the single biggest source of mercury pollution in America, accounting for almost half of mercury pollution in 2015, according to a recent study published by Harvard University's School of Public Health.

Mercury exposure is linked to developmental disorders and respiratory illnesses.

The Obama administration also broadly accepted that it's hard to put a specific dollar-figure on some health benefits - for instance, avoiding lost IQ points in infants (or other fetal harm), which has been linked to pregnant women eating mercury-contaminated fish.

According to the Times reporting, the new proposed rule would change the way the EPA determines the benefits of limiting different types of emissions, potentially making it more hard in the future for the agency to create new regulations.

It's the latest administration effort on behalf of the country's coal industry.

Senator Tom Carper, the ranking Democrat on the US Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee, spoke out against the move.

The EPA has "decided to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory" after the successful clean-up of toxins from the country's coal-plant smokestacks, Carper said.

Janet McCabe, a former air-quality official in the Obama administration's EPA, called the proposal part of "the quiet dismantling of the regulatory framework" for the federal government's environmental protections.


  • Longtime British comedy star June Whitfield dies at 93

    Longtime British comedy star June Whitfield dies at 93

    In 1992, Whitfield found a new audience on the cult series Absolutely Fabulous , created by Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French. The pair played mother and daughter in Absolutely Fabulous for five series of the hit sitcom, as well as in the 2016 film.
    6 suffer non-life threatening injuries after 'equipment failure' involving jetway

    6 suffer non-life threatening injuries after 'equipment failure' involving jetway

    - Six people have been injured, officials say, after a partial equipment failure of a jet bridge at BWI Airport. The bridge will remain closed until the investigation is over, the tweet said.
    Turkey Condemns Approval of New Israeli Settlement in West Bank

    Turkey Condemns Approval of New Israeli Settlement in West Bank

    More than 400,000 Israelis live in West Bank settlements, which range in size from tiny hamlets to large towns. A further 200,000 live in settlements in East Jerusalem.
  • Baker Mayfield fined for

    Baker Mayfield fined for "lewd gesture"

    Mayfield was fined $10,026 for a celebratory gesture during the team's 26-18 win over the Cincinnati Bengals . You do not even know why the hell you do it, but I do not have a problem with Baker".
    Epic Games 2018 Earnings Total Over $3 Billion, Mainly Because Of Fortnite

    Epic Games 2018 Earnings Total Over $3 Billion, Mainly Because Of Fortnite

    The numbers are no surprise for the battle royale game since it has taken over the gaming world over the past year . However, the enormous $3 billion profit did trigger an excitement wave in the employees of the company.
    California police killing suspect held

    California police killing suspect held

    Gustavo Perez Arriaga has been arrested by police for allegedly shooting Singh, who had pulled him over during a traffic stop. According to the sheriff, his brother and co-worker who were arrested with him, were also in the country illegally.
  • Prabhas dances with Rajamouli, Anushka spotted

    Prabhas dances with Rajamouli, Anushka spotted

    Says a source, "Raja's son Karthiya and his bride-to-be (singer) Pooja Prasad have known and liked each other since childhood". Pooja is a long-time girlfriend of Karthikeya and is the daughter of Ram Prasad, brother of Jagapathi Babu.
    Man Utd boss Solskjaer: What I can teach Rashford

    Man Utd boss Solskjaer: What I can teach Rashford

    My girlfriend told me. "I did not have a clue, I didn't look at my phone or anything". Shaw revealed how he discovered Solskjaer's appointment too.
    Trump lowers demand for border wall funding

    Trump lowers demand for border wall funding

    As a result, he said, "we will be cutting off all aid" to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. It is not clear how an outright closure of the border would work.
  • Person killed by lion at NC animal center; lion also killed

    Person killed by lion at NC animal center; lion also killed

    Citing law enforcement, United States news websites identified the victim as Alexandra Black, 22, of New Palestine, Indiana. That lion was under the care of a man who was dubbed the "lion whisperer" for his close interactions with the predators.
    Brave Cummins makes India wait for victory

    Brave Cummins makes India wait for victory

    To come up against the best team in the world and get 2-2 however would be great", he added. We all know that he is a quality player. We want to win the last test as well.
    SmackDown Spoilers For New Year's Day Episode

    SmackDown Spoilers For New Year's Day Episode

    I want you to go to the Network, I want you to go to the TLC pay-per-view and I want you to watch AJ Styles vs. The crowd starts chanting "Rusev Day USA", when Nakamura winds up attacking Rusev from behind.


India closes out 137-run win over Australia in 3rd test
But this victory did not come without a mini-scare as Cummins got stuck in and played a quite wonderful innings of 63. He finishes 2018 with 48 wickets in 9 Tests, that includes three five-wicket hauls.

Ariana Grande has cancelled this weekend's Las Vegas show due to illness
Ariana Grande performs during the Wango Tango concert at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California, US, June 2, 2018. Grande's axed gig would have been her first since splitting from former fiance Pete Davidson in October (18).

'Hotel Earl' Calls Cops on Black Guest at Portland DoubleTree
Concerned that it was important, Massey said he chose to sit in the lobby and return her call before going up to his room. "I had a family emergency and I was taking a phone call and this guy's harassing me".

Samsung's 2019 TVs will let you access your computer remotely
The fancy feature is called " Remote access " and it will let you access your PCs, laptops and even smartphones/tablets. This new feature will serve as a natural progression to the Steam Link app for the Samsung Smart TVs of 2017 and 2018.

Bayern Munich Make $25 Million Bid For Callum Hudson-Odoi
It didn't take long for Bayern Munich to make a second bid for Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi. At this stage, Chelsea has not yet responded to the bid from Munich.

Trump blames Democrats for migrant children's death, amid budget impasse
Cutting funds to Central American countries would mean a cutback on humanitarian programs , according to State Department data. Currently, the government remains partially shutdown as Trump fights for border wall funding that Democrats refuse to approve.

Immigration Minister To Discuss Migrant Crisis With Channel Border Officers
A Home Office source said: "We believe we have enough boats operationally to deal with it". Nokes and Elphicke are to discuss the situation with Border Force officers in Dover.

Severe Storm System Brings Flood Risks to the South
The Minnesota Department of Transportation said it might be better to wait for conditions to improve if travel isn't necessary. Blizzard conditions over the Northern Great Plains and Upper Midwest are expected to end early Friday morning.

Amanda Nunes knocks out Cris Cyborg featherweight title UFC 232
The UFC moved mountains to accommodate Jon Jones , and the fighter returned the favor on Saturday night in Los Angeles. On that night, Carano was handed her first professional defeat, as she wilted under a storm of Cyborg punches.

Man Suspected Of Slaying NorCal Police Officer In U.S. Illegally
Richardson pleaded for the public to help bring the attacker to justice as authorities search for the suspect . Mr Singh is survived by his wife, Anamika, and their 5-month-old son. "It's a conversation we need to have".