Environment & Energy Report

EPA Plans to Rewrite Costs and Benefits of Anti-Pollution Rules

May 21, 2019, 7:37 PM

The Trump administration is planning to write new rules for how it weighs the human costs and benefits of environmental regulations, a move that could make it harder for future presidents to tighten limits on pollution and combat climate change.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler directed top agency officials to develop the changes, casting them as necessary to eliminate inconsistencies in assessing regulations. Environmentalists say the agency is altering its math to shrink estimates of how many lives are saved by rules governing clean air, chemicals, and water contamination.

“Benefits and costs have historically been treated differently” depending on the Environmental...

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