Skip to comments.Agenda-Driven "Science" at EPA
Posted on 02/01/2012 3:23:16 PM PST by I got the rope
In December 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency released new Clean Air Act National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. Once again, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson touted the supposedly huge benefits of controlling emissions of mercury (Hg) and other air toxics from U.S. coal- and oil-fired power plants (or electric generating units, EGUs).
The people of Idaho may welcome this new rule, since EPAs miraculous modeling machine has promised to prevent six premature deaths and create up to $54 million in health benefits by 2016 even though not one coal-fired EGU in Idaho fits the EPAs final rules. Even the District of Columbia, which has only one oil-fired unit, will somehow, magically realize up to $120 million in health benefits, presumably from new restrictions on coal-fired units in Maryland or Virginia.
The average U.S. citizen, however, can be excused for no longer being willing to be penalized by EPA the Extreme Punishment Authority for such minimal, imaginary and manufactured benefits.
In fact, the final rule may be the most expensive one ever devised by EPA. And yet, even EPA admits, the alleged hazards to public health from mercury and non-mercury emissions from American EGUs are anticipated to remain after imposition of the new regulations.
As to benefits, EPA computer models claim Hg emission cuts will reduce average per person avoided IQ loss by an undetectable 0.00209 IQ points, with estimated total nationwide benefits of $500,000 to $6.1 million by 2016. For the electric utility sector, says EPA, net job creation from the rules will be not statistically different from zero and could be between minus 15,000 and plus 30,000 jobs.
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Navistar Faces EPA Fines of Up To $2,000 Per Heavy-Duty Engine
QBy Mark Drajem and Mark Clothier - Feb 1, 2012 12:25 AM ET .
...Navistar International Corp. (NAV), the maker of International brand trucks, faces fines of as much as $2,000 for each of its heavy-duty engines because they dont meet pollution standards, according to a federal regulation.
The Environmental Protection Agency issued an emergency rule yesterday on fines for truck-engine makers that dont meet federal nitrogen oxides standards, without naming the company. Transport Topics reported that the regulation applied to Navistar
‘emergency rule yesterday’! Ha! Welcome to the new ‘state controlled capitalism’
it is beyond bizarre now. EPA has to be disbanded. They think they are the fourth branch of government.