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2019 Outlook: How Many Lives EPA Rules Save Comes Down to the Counting

Dec. 18, 2018, 11:46 AM

Businesses chafing at EPA air pollution requirements have long complained the agency inflates the health benefits its rules achieve, and 2019 will give the Trump team several chances to make lasting changes to that accounting.

The Environmental Protection Agency is readying a multi-pronged effort that would limit the use of “co-benefits"—reductions in pollutants that aren’t directly regulated—to justify the cost of requiring new air pollution controls.

Those additional benefits sometimes account for the majority of the health protections the EPA touts. Restricting their consideration, particularly for airborne particles, would severely hamper the EPA’s efforts to set stricter carbon dioxide and...

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