Planned Changes to EPA Pollution Analyses Align with Industry Requests

Read the full story in Scientific American.

Industry groups see another wish about to come true under President Trump.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler released a memo last week urging the agency’s top officials to revise the way EPA weighs the costs of regulating pollutants against the benefits of limiting their release for public health and the environment.

Instead of drafting an agencywide rulemaking as initially projected last year, the offices of Air and Radiation, Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Land and Emergency Management, and Water are being asked to make their approach to cost-benefit analysis more consistent.

The planned changes follow years of industry requests. Industry wants EPA to draft rules by first assessing whether benefits outweigh the costs, and it wants regulations that are least burdensome while still providing environmental protection, groups say.

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