How EPA is changing public health benefits around mercury

Juliet Eilperin:

Absolutely. That’s what they have said.

For example, the acting administrator for the EPA, Andrew Wheeler, has referred to this as fuzzy math.

He said that, look, we’re just — we’re just trying to change the way we count things. The fact that you’re cleaning up these other pollutants, these fine particles that lead to heart and lung disease, those are what you would call co-benefits, they are incidental, and they’re not directly tied to mercury. And so we should exclude those altogether.

And it very much changes the math, as you can see.