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EPA Advisers Ax Particulate Effects From Mercury Rule Review

Jan. 24, 2020, 10:13 PM

The EPA’s science advisers decided Friday they wouldn’t examine the benefits of reducing fine airborne particle pollution as part of their review of an Obama-era mercury rule for power plants.

The Science Advisory Board was persuaded by two of its members with ties to the power industry that their goal was to examine whether the latest science backs the EPA’s December 2018 mercury proposal (RIN: 2060-AT99). That rule said there was no need to tighten the 2012 caps on mercury and other toxic air pollutants released by coal-burning and oil-burning power plants.

At the time, the Environmental Protection Agency...

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