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EPA’s independent science board says agency ignored its advice on mercury rule

EPA’s independent science board says agency ignored its advice on mercury rule

EPA ignored mercury rule

The Environmental Protection Agency’s  (EPA) independent board of science advisers took the agency to  task Tuesday for ignoring its advice and when revising Obama-era  protections for mercury pollution from power plants.

In  a draft released by the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB), members say  their recommendations “do not seem to have been taken into  consideration in the published analysis.”

Under  the Obama administration, the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards  (MATS) rule was projected to save between $37 billion and $90 billion  dollars when taking into account savings on public health. Under the  Trump administration’s proposal, the estimate has been reduced to  between $4 million to $6 million.

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