EPA Regulations and the myth of killer mercury

Cass Sunstein, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the White House Office of Management and Budget provided an update on the Administration’s regulatory reforms in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute and in an editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal. Sunstein wrote that “the reforms being released today . . . will not only yield significant savings for individuals and businesses, but . . . will help us strike the right balance, protecting the public from serious harms even as we eliminate rules that just don’t make sense.”

Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency recently issued 946 pages of new rules requiring that powers plants sharply reduce emissions of mercury and other pollutants.  According to Harvard scientist Willie Soon and Paul Driessen of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow writing in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, “there is no factual basis” for EPA’s claim that the new regulations will save 17,000 lives and $140 billion in health costs.

Makes you wonder if Sunstein’s regulation reformers have any hope of keeping up with those beavering away in every federal agency to write new regulations.

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