The president said that this rule weakens the government’s ability to curb air pollution that threatens public health.
Washington— The Biden administration was eager to repeal a Trump-era statute on Thursday that said it weakened the government’s ability to contain air pollution that threatens public health and promotes climate change.
Critics say the regulations distorted the cost of reducing air pollution while reducing related benefits. Since Michael S. Reagan (Michael S. Reagan)
The so-called cost-benefit rules were finalized at the end of the Trump administration and aimed to change the way the EPA calculates the economic costs and benefits of the new clean air and climate change rules. The agency’s economists will be required to calculate the public health benefits directly derived from the new regulations, as well as the value of ancillary benefits or “common benefits” separately, such as the elimination of pollutants not directly controlled by the regulations. Direct interests and “common interests” should be classified as separate categories.
Experts say that this requirement appears to be to provide industries with a way to legally block the EPA under future air pollution regulations. If scientific evidence is deemed limited, this will also allow EPA to avoid pricing certain health benefits.
Reagan said in a statement: “The abolition of this unnecessary and wrong rule is a positive proof of the government’s commitment to science.” He said that his agency “will continue to correct past mistakes.”