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OMB Watch: Attacks On Clean Air Standards Now Target The Expected Health Benefits Of Rules
June 13, 2012, 12:32 pm
Filed under: News

Posted on June 12, 2012

Clean air protections are under attack yet again. While opponents of these standards continue to target rules through anti-regulatory legislation, new arguments criticizing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) analyses of air pollution reduction benefits have emerged. These efforts to undermine clean air standards ignore the purpose and legal mandate of the Clean Air Act (CAA) by focusing on the costs to businesses instead of the health benefits of cleaner air, despite evidence that the benefits of these rules outweigh their costs.

The 112th Congress has consistently voted to weaken environmental and health protections, earning the label of “the most anti-environment House in history.” According to data compiled by the House Energy and Commerce Committee minority staff, the House majority has voted 77 times to dismantle the CAA. A number of statutory provisions that would block EPA’s authority to issue certain regulations under the CAA have passed in the House. Meanwhile, the Senate will soon vote on a resolution introduced by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) that would nullify EPA’s mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) for power plants.

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