IT’S ALL ABOUT THE COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS: The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday finalized a decision that critics say threatens regulations designed to limit pollution from power plants.
The finalized rule doesn’t roll back the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). Instead, it undermines the rule by preventing the agency from weighing certain “co-benefits” in its justification for the standards.
The two administrations have very different interpretations of the same pollution standards.
An Obama administration analysis said benefits like reducing other toxins from power plants would save consumers as much as $90 billion.
But the Trump administration found the rules would save between $4 million and $6 million. They argue power producers will spend up to nearly $10 billion on adding pollution