Wednesday, August 27, 2003

EPA Relying On Anecdotal Evidence From Industries It Regulates

"WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional investigators say the Environmental Protection Agency relied on anecdotes from industries it regulates, not comprehensive data, when it claimed that relaxing air pollution rules for industrial plants would cut emissions and reduce health risks.

The General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, said in a report Monday that EPA lacked scientific evidence for its claims that the Clean Air Act's 'new source review' program needed revising because it discourages energy-efficiency improvements at plants.

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'Because it lacked comprehensive data, EPA relied on anecdotes from the four industries it believes are most affected,' the GAO said. 'Because the information is anecdotal, EPA's findings do not necessarily represent the program's effects across the industries subject to the program.'

So it no longer matters how much a corporation pollutes, as long as it can spin a good story.


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