EPA Rollbacks Have Deadly Consequences

Inside Climate News reports on new Harvard Study: Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Put Thousands of Lives at Risk, Harvard Analysis Finds. The authors used EPA’s own risk assessments to estimate the number of illnesses and early deaths prevented by clean air and water rules Trump is now trying to erase.

Using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s own numbers, two Harvard scientists have calculated that 80,000 more lives will be lost per decade if President Donald Trump’s administration fulfills its plans to roll back clean air and water protections.

The researchers, terming their tally “an extremely conservative estimate,” also estimated that the repeal of regulations will lead to respiratory problems for more than 1 million people. Their essay was published Tuesday in the authoritative Journal of the American Medical Association.

A related article from NPR about the concerns for hazmat incidents and response: Fear And Frustration Over EPA Move To Kill Chemical-Disaster Protections

The Environmental Protection Agency intends to block an Obama-era proposal and effectively shield companies from scrutiny about how they prevent and respond to chemical disasters. At a hearing Thursday, agency officials got an earful from dozens of people who live and work near refineries and chemical facilities across the country.


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