Value of Human Life Depreciating: EPA

Law360 (July 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An Associated Press report that the Environmental Protection Agency has marked down the statistical price tag on human life has spurred U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., to consider introducing legislation to reverse the decision.

Boxer called the EPA's reported decision to lower the value of a life – which is used for cost-benefit analyses when introducing new regulations – from $7.8 million to $6.9 million over five years "outrageous."

"If these reports are confirmed, I will be introducing legislation to reverse this unconscionable decision at the...
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