The Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency is taking aim at an Obama-era regulation that seeks to reduce mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants.
Under the direction of acting administrator Andrew Wheeler, the EPA is now questioning whether it was appropriate to include these additional benefits.
"EPA has managed to walk a very fine line", said Jeffrey Holmstead, a partner at the firm Bracewell who represents several utilities and who headed the agency's air and radiation office under President George W. Bush.
Consequently, the Trump Administration's EPA is leaving the current MATS rule in place while undercutting the justification for the rule in such a way that could preclude more stringent mercury standards in the future, and could possibly set the stage for looser rules in the future.
Mercury causes brain damage, learning disabilities and other birth defects in children, among other harm.
The vast majority of utility companies, which estimate they have already spent about $18 billion installing clean-air technology since the rule was imposed, have said the proposed changes are now of little benefit to them and have urged the Trump administration to leave the measure in place.
The proposal, which now goes up for public comment, is the latest Trump administration move that changes estimates of the costs and payoffs of regulations in arguing for relaxing Obama-era environmental protections.
Britain beats Greece 2-1 in opening Hopman Cup match The match-up is set to draw worldwide interest, and the players themselves are just as excited. "I was making a lot of errors". Serena Williams is sizing up Roger Federer after a dominant display in her first match of the Australian summer.
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Mercury exposure is linked to developmental disorders and respiratory illnesses.
The National Mining Association praised the move, saying the mercury regulations are "punitive" and "massively unbalanced". It said the standards have markedly reduced mercury in the environment and improved public health.
It said cost of the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards Act ranged from $7.4 to $9.6 billion a year with benefits from regulating hazardous air pollutant emissions ranging from $4 to $6 million a year.
Environmental groups say federal and state limits have helped cut mercury emissions from power plants by 85 percent since 2006.
The Obama administration also broadly accepted that it's hard to put a specific dollar-figure on some health benefits - for instance, avoiding lost IQ points in infants (or other fetal harm), which has been linked to pregnant women eating mercury-contaminated fish.
"Although an analysis of all benefits and costs in accordance with generally recognized benefit-cost analysis practices is appropriate for informing the public about the potential effects of any regulatory action. this does not mean that equal consideration of all benefits and costs, including co-benefits, is appropriate for the specific statutory appropriate and necessary finding called for under CAA section 112 (n)(1)(A)."
Moscow indicates the prohibition will be enacted until Kiev does not decide to suspend its sanctions against Russian Federation . On Friday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that Ukraine would continue to use the Kerch Strait for navigation.
After the convincing win, Jones floated the idea of a third matchup with current heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier . In the early fights, Australian featherweights Alexander Volkanovski and Megan Anderson each had a notable stoppage win.
Airport traffic has been suspended at Hanover airport after a auto crashed through a barrier onto the runway, German police said. The Hannover airport isn't one of Germany's major hubs, although millions fly through the airport every year.
Also, it could be Snapdragon 670 or 710 forming the core of the device, coupled to a 4 GB RAM along with 32 GB of storage. The upcoming devices are expected to feature a single 12-megapixel camera at the back and an 8-megapixel selfie camera.
Then a play later, Christian Miller ran around Bobby Evans on the other side, lopping to chase down Murray from the backside. But that was before Murray led Oklahoma to a berth in the CFB and collected a Heisman trophy for his efforts along the way.
The bulk of the snow is expected to fall by early to mid Thursday, the NWS states in its warning, with the high winds to follow. The South Dakota Department of Transportation said there were many no-travel advisories that remained in effect Friday.
Kohli feels that it is Bumrah's mindset of trying to perform without fretting over conditions is what makes him a match victor . Virat Kohli touches the Indian flag during day two of the 3rd Test match between Australia and India .
The affected defectors have been notified of the leak, the ministry said, adding that there have been no reports of damage. The employee reportedly wasn't following protocols to keep North Korea defectors' data encrypted and on offline computers.
In the past year, Super Blue Moon was featured with a red tinge which was caused through the shadow of Earth by the moon itself. The name was coined because wolves tend to howl a lot during their breeding season in January and February.
LA Lakers lose second successive game without James
Lakers coach Luke Walton also got a technical foul in the exchange. "We've just got to do a couple of things a little bit better". In that run, it was the play of "Goon Squad" members Sindarius Thornwell , Ty Wallace, and Montrezl Harrell led by Williams.
Twins sign free agent slugger Nelson Cruz
The Twins have been tied to Cruz on some level for weeks, with multiple other teams rumored to have interest in signing him. Minnesota is hoping adding a veteran bat like Cruz could help add stability and challenge Cleveland for the division title.
Bayern Munich Make $25 Million Bid For Callum Hudson-Odoi
The youngster has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in January, either in a permanent or temporary capacity. Chelsea's teenage sensation Callum Hudson-Odoi is at the middle of the three-way tussle for his services.
Channel migrants: Six Iranians detained on Kent beach
Mr Javid has appointed a "gold commander" to take overall charge of the situation and make strategic decisions about the response. About six hours earlier, border officials detained a Syrian and three Iranians encountered on a dinghy in a nearby area.
Cyberattack causes delays in major newspapers’ distribution
Several US newspapers suffered major printing and delivery disruptions on Saturday following a cyber-attack, US media report. In the meantime, the newspaper directed readers to its digital editions, which were unaffected by the virus .
Sarah McIver's aunt says school officials in China made error
Their ongoing captivity has been linked to the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou , on December 1 in Canada. Ms Meng was held at the request of United States prosecutors and faces extradition on charges of violating sanctions on Iran.
SC looks for win No. 22 vs. Virginia in Belk Bowl
Turner has rushed 46 times for 294 yards and two scores, and has also caught eight passes for 75 yards and two more scores. The Cavaliers' defense has allowed 337.2 yards per game through Week 13, which ranks No. 24 in college football.