December 09, 2020
Statement by Ann Jaworski, Staff Attorney
“ELPC rejects the Environmental Protection Agency’s harmful final rule on cost-benefit analysis that encourages low-quality analysis and benefits polluters over people. This rule’s only purpose is to lock in a flawed analysis process for future Clean Air Act rulemakings by limiting EPA’s ability to consider important health studies and the full benefits, including premature death averted, that occur when a standard targeted at one pollutant also reduces other pollutants.
“The Clean Air Act and the rules issued under it have achieved massive public health benefits over the last 50 years, and they currently save hundreds of thousands of lives each year. This rule impedes EPA’s duty to use the best available science in setting regulations, and it interferes with EPA’s ability to further the Clean Air Act’s goal of ensuring safe, healthy air for all.
“With this final rule, Trump’s EPA is handing yet another gift to polluters this holiday season.”