Jonathan Smith, Attorney, Earthjustice: “EPA’s own modeling shows that a child in a house that meets the new standard will have a 9.8% chance of posting a blood lead level over 5 ug/dL and consequently up to a 32% chance of losing two or more IQ points.”
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Neil Gormley, Attorney, Washington, D.C., Earthjustice: “What matters is that the standards are now at risk. EPA has essentially invited the coal industry to go to court to take down the standards themselves.”
Timothy Ballo, Attorney, Washington, D.C.: “Five years was a very generous amount of time to make this transition. The industry has moved on – the leading manufacturers got there a long time ago. There’s no reason to reward manufacturers and retailers who decided to bank on the prospect of getting the extension.”
Kristen Boyles, Attorney, Northwest Office, Earthjustice: "It changes things that sort of look like technicalities, but it will end up making the whole review process very, very different."
Emma Cheuse, Attorney, Washington, D.C., Earthjustice: “EPA has chosen not to control the pollution as much as possible to prevent people from getting cancer from ethylene oxide.”
Neil Gormley, Attorney, Washington, D.C., Earthjustice: “[The emails show] that even OMB agreed with public health and environmental groups and EPA’s independent science advisers that EPA should have grappled with new information showing that the benefits of MATS are much greater than EPA estimated and the costs much lower.”