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E.P.A. Could Make Thousands of Pollution Deaths Vanish by Changing Its Math

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to change the way it calculates the future health risks of air pollution in a way that would predict thousands of fewer deaths and would help justify the planned rollback of a key climate change measure, according to five people with knowledge of the agency’s plans.  The proposed change would dramatically reduce the 1,400 additional premature deaths per year that the E.P.A. had initially forecast as a result of eliminating the old climate change regulation — the Clean Power Plan, which was President Barack Obama’s signature climate change measure — and make it easier for the administration to defend its replacement, known as the Affordable Clean Energy rule. Read more...



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