Hyperbole & Histrionics: 4 Senators Say Mercury & Toxics Standards Will Cause Depression-Era Deprivation

June 19, 2012
by John Walke
Switchblade, NRDC's staff blog


Four more conservative Republican Senators have announced they will vote tomorrow to abolish Mercury and Air Toxics Standards that will sharply reduce power plant mercury and lead pollution that poisons the brains of children and the unborn.

Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) – all doctors of one kind or another in former jobs – are vowing to vote to eliminate health safeguards that will avoid [pdf] up to 11,000 premature deaths, nearly 5,000 non-fatal heart attacks and 130,000 asthma attacks every year. These tremendous benefits translate to [pdf] up to $90 billion in annual benefits for Americans, delivering up to $9 in benefits for every $1 in industry compliance costs.


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