WASHINGTON -- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler yesterday announced a plan for the agency to no longer consider health benefits in the cost-benefit analysis of new environmental regulations under the Clean Air Act. In the past, the EPA has found that the Clean Air Act has helped Americans avoid many thousands of premature deaths, heart attacks, and lost work and school days.
The national business magazine Fast Company named Environment America Research and Policy Center’s campaign for 100 percent renewable energy as a finalist today for the media outlet’s World Changing Ideas Awards. The “10 states, 50 cities, 50 colleges, 100% renewable” campaign was one of nine finalists in the Politics & Policy category.
The Federal Reserve announced new rules on Thursday for its “Main Street Lending Program” designed to help small and mid-sized businesses during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The rule changes allow both larger companies and those carrying more debt to qualify, potentially exposing taxpayers’ money to more risk. The changes also create an opportunity for oil and gas companies to access government assistance.
Ignoring recommendations from its own scientists, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opted Tuesday not to strengthen standards on industrial soot emissions. Fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers, referred to as PM 2.5, poses especially high health risks because it can be deposited deep in the lungs.
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