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Steve Milloy : Exposing EPA Junk Science, Overturning Its Junk Regulations

June 20, 2017

EPA's clean air regulations are costly, often costing lives, yet they are based on scant, unverified scientific data. The best evidence is small particulate matter (PM2.5) is not causing health problems or causing premature deaths and so EPA's regulation

EPA's regulation of ozone and carbon dioxide, the most expensive regulations it has ever proposed costing more than $1 trillion, are largely based on purported benefits of reducing small particles, or PM 2.5. EPA refuses to share the data used to justify the claims PM 2.5 is causing hundreds of thousands of deaths and outside research finds no evidence of correlation, much less a causal relationship, between high levels of PM 2.5 and premature deaths. Like so much of EPA science the PM 2.5 is agenda driven, in this case following President Obama's desire to put the coal industry out of business. EPA science must be made transparent and major regulations should be approved by Congress.

H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.