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EPA Hides Data on Mercury

Category: US Politics
Posted: 03/21/05 10:07

by Jay H. Steele

While we are on the subject of Republican dishonesty, today's Washington Post reports that when the EPA issued its revised rules on Mercury emissions last week, it failed to mention the findings of a study it commissioned on the health-effects of limiting mercury polution from power plants. The EPA ruled that stricter emissions would have a huge negative effect on business, but no appreciable positive impact on public health.

This was in direct conflict with the Harvard study that was commissioned by the EPA, co-authored by an EPA scientist, and peer reviewed for scientific accuracy. The Harvard study estimated health benefits 100 times more than what the EPA claimed in its ruling.

Pardon my shrillness, but the Harvard Study was scientific. In the Bush Administration that means it can safely be ignored.

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