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Sgt. Peppers Donating Member (142 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:57 AM
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WH minimized Murcury rules
Edited on Thu Apr-08-04 11:35 AM by Skinner
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/07/politics/07MERC.html?...

April 7, 2004
White House Minimized the Risks of Mercury in Proposed Rules, Scientists Say
By JENNIFER 8. LEE

ASHINGTON, April 5 While working with Environmental Protection Agency officials to write regulations for coal-fired power plants over several recent months, White House staff members played down the toxic effects of mercury, hundreds of pages of documents and e-mail messages show.

The staff members deleted or modified information on mercury that employees of the environmental agency say was drawn largely from a 2000 report by the National Academy of Sciences that Congress had commissioned to settle the scientific debate about the risks of mercury.

In interviews, 6 of 10 members of the academy's panel on mercury said the changes did not introduce inaccuracies. They said that many of the revisions sharpened the scientific points being made and that justification could be made for or against other changes. Most changes were made by the White House's Office of Management and Budget, which employs economists and scientists to review regulations.

But scientists on the academy panel and others outside it as well as environmentalists and politicians expressed concern in recent interviews that a host of subtle changes by White House staff members resulted in proposed rules that played down the health risks associated with mercury from coal-fired power plants. The proposal largely tracks suggestions from the energy industry.

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truhavoc Donating Member (820 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:01 AM
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1. there was an editorial on this yesterday in the NYT n/t
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truhavoc Donating Member (820 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:05 AM
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2. sorry heres the link
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thuebert Donating Member (71 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:08 AM
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3. bush
is the worst president ever when it comes to the environment.
he is the environmental nazi
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Moderator DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-08-04 10:34 AM
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4. Sgt. Peppers
Per DU copyright rules
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