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    from Tuesday's LA Times...

    link: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/enviro...ews-environment

    THE NATION
    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.

    The Bush administration has said that the proposed rule would cut mercury emissions by 70% in the next 15 years, and is tied to the president's "Clear Skies" initiative. Critics say it would delay reductions in mercury levels for decades at a risk to public health, while saving the power and coal industries billions of dollars.

    Studies designed to address such questions are the ones that were not conducted.

    EPA veterans say they cannot recall another instance when the agency's technical experts were cut out of developing a major regulatory proposal.

    The administration chose a process "that would support the conclusion they wanted to reach," said John A. Paul, a Republican environmental regulator from Ohio who co-chaired the EPA-appointed advisory panel.

    He said its 21 months of work on mercury was ignored...
    The Dude abides.

  • #2
    SOUNDS GREAT!!!

    We get to be overtaxed, watch our jobs go overseas....and WE GET FREE MERCURY FOR OUR BODIES




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    • #3
      If we got rid of big gubbermint, we'd be free to introduce all kinds of new chemical byproducts to our systems...

      Moe
      The Dude abides.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Moe_Szyslak@Mar 17 2004, 03:58 PM
        If we got rid of big gubbermint, we'd be free to introduce all kinds of new chemical byproducts to our systems...

        Moe
        Would outsourcing of toxic chemicals be a good thing or a bad thing?

        All of this "It'd better because that's the way I think" stuff has me confused.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Moe_Szyslak@Mar 17 2004, 03:58 PM
          If we got rid of big gubbermint, we'd be free to introduce all kinds of new chemical byproducts to our systems...

          Moe
          not to mention the lack of education so we wouldn't know it was happening!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BringBackZezel+Mar 17 2004, 04:00 PM-->
            QUOTE (BringBackZezel @ Mar 17 2004, 04:00 PM)
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