• US EPA Science Advisory Board draft recommendations point to more stringent rules than those proposed by Agency

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

Reuters has reported that the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board has published four draft documents “analyzing the scientific underpinnings” of the Agency’s proposed revisions of regulations regarding mercury and other toxic pollutants from power plants, vehicle fuel-efficiency, and clean water. In regards to mercury and other toxic air pollutants, the Advisory Board’s recommendation is that a new risk assessment be made, covering “all relevant health outcomes for neonates, children and adults”, as well as mercury consumption through fish. Such a revision might mean stricter rules than currently proposed by the EPA, probably more in line with those generated by the Obama administration. In respect to clean water, which might additionally affect power utilities, the Board has also provided recommendations pointing to stricter rules. The EPA has responded to the draft reports by saying they are just that – drafts.