US EPA ignoring health benefits of coal rule it plans to weaken – economists

Channel NewsAsia | Dec 4, 2019 at 5:16 PM
  • A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposal to weaken a rule on coal plant pollution fails to consider billions of dollars in health benefits for Americans, economists from universities including Harvard and Yale said on Wednesday.
  • The administration is expected to throw out an Obama administration finding that it is “appropriate and necessary” to regulate power plant emissions when it finalizes the proposal in coming weeks.
  • The Obama administration had estimated that the mercury rule would cost utilities up to US$9.6 billion annually but that would be outweighed by the cuts in healthcare bills.