EPA Chief Defends Health Benefits Of Emissions Rules

Law360, New York (March 22, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson fought off Republican senators' claims at a Thursday budget hearing that the regulator exaggerated the health benefits of its emissions standards, insisting the agency's figures were solid.

Shortly before the hearing, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., had released a report claiming the EPA used misleading and incomplete health statistics to justify Clean Air Act regulations, including the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which limit mercury, arsenic and other harmful emissions by power plants.

Barrasso argued that the cumulative impact of...
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