Testimony on EPA’s ‘Coal Combustion Residuals Proposed Rule’
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set out to regulate the disposal of coal combustion residues, which U.S. power plants produce in large quantities – 133 million tons in 2008 alone. At the request of Earthjustice and the Environmental Integrity Project, Frank Ackerman and Liz Stanton reviewed the proposed rule, focusing on the Regulatory Impact Analysis. What they found is a deeply flawed, skewed and incomplete analysis that exaggerates the costs of regulation, underestimates the benefits, and gives credence to claims from the coal industry that, if accepted by EPA, could set a dangerous precedent for all U.S. regulatory efforts.
Click here for a summary of the SEI review, or here for the main publication page, which includes links to the EPA rule, the Earthjustice/EIP press release, and media coverage. This article is from the SEI Climate Economics Newsletter.