Big MACT attack

The EPA has reinterpreted it regulations on coal-fired power plants.  It has decided that there will be a theoretical harm to a theoretical child of a pregnant mom who has consumed 139 pounds of  fish that was self-caught from water at the 95th percentile level of  methyl mercury contamination as a result of coal power generation, and that theoretical child would lose 0.2 IQ points.  Now it does not matter that the EPA has not been able to identify a single real person in the US who would actually meet those parameters.

The cost of this MACT law will be $11 billion a year and a loss of 35 gigawatts of generating capacity as coal-fired plants close. And electricity rates skyrocket (as promised) and the power supply grid becomes less reliable.   For a fraction of this cost, we could afford to have catered chef-prepared meals done for every pregnant lady in the US that is not already on food stamps.

The Senate rejected an amendment that would have reined in this activity.  5 Republicans voted against it along with 6 of the 12 democrats that had sponsered it in the first place.  A LOT of behind the scenes pressure going on.


About drrik

3rd career and 2nd childhood. Spends spare time repairing old things. Aspires to burn more gasoline, gunpowder, and ink in pursuit of slowing down. Child of the 60s and aspiring student of history. No desire to see us repeat the failed social experiments that keep failing for lack of human beings that meet the left wing standards and have to be killed off. Did engineering long enough to realize that very little is new and the wheel does not need to be reinvented.
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One Response to Big MACT attack

  1. pepperhawk says:

    The frigging EPA is completely out of control and I wonder why Congress does nothing to rein that ridiculous agency in. It’s not even constitutional to start.

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