EPA To Issue New Pollution Regulations

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Environmental Protection Agency today is expected to issue regulations on pollution from big boilers and incinerators. It’s been a long and strange battle.

The idea here is to reduce pollutants such as mercury, lead and dioxins, under the Clean Air Act.

Dr. James Plumb of Physicians for Social Responsibility sees the equation as simple.

“Just another step we need to take to protect human health and lives.”

Thousands of lives, say the backers of the regulations, and prevent a million and a half respiratory illnesses a year.  But these regs, years in the crafting, were deemed too tough by EPA itself which tried to delay issuance, only to be told by a federal judge, enough foot-dragging.

There’s considerable disagreement between the boiler industry and regulation backers over how much this will cost compared to how much it will save, in terms of money, jobs and lives.

Reported by John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio

  • Michael Szczesny

    It’s sophisticated consider the outcomes. What’s worse toxic air or toxic water? Regulations send jobs and polluters over seas. It does not stop any pollution. Ah what to do?

  • Bill S.

    This is unconstitutional the EPA should not have the power to levy any laws. Again where does a judge get the power to force a government agency to do anything? We are allowing the constitution to be trampled right under our noses by the government usurping our authority “We the People”. The EPA and Activist Judges need to go period!

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