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2018-12-28. New E.P.A. Plan Could Free Coal Plants to Release More Mercury Into the Air.

posted Dec 31, 2018, 9:23 PM by Alan Gould
By Lisa Friedman, The New York Times. [https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/28/climate/mercury-coal-pollution-regulations.html] For GSS Energy Use chapter 4. Excerpt: WASHINGTON — The Trump administration proposed on Friday major changes to the way the federal government calculates the benefits, in human health and safety, of restricting mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants. In the proposal, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a finding declaring that federal rules imposed on mercury by the Obama administration are too costly to justify. It drastically changed the formula the government uses in its required cost-benefit analysis of the regulation by taking into account only certain effects that can be measured in dollars, while ignoring or playing down other health benefits....