Ellis-Lamkins: Mercury Safeguards Are A Necessary Regulation

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Regulation. It’s become a dirty word in Washington, D.C. Why? In large part because industry fears the kind of regulations that are designed to stop the dumping of dangerous chemicals into our air and water. It may not be popular, but I’m going to say it: We need regulations. Regulations are what keep drunken drivers off our roads. They’re what keep cigarettes out of our kids’ mouths. They’re the safety net that ensures the recklessness of one individual or industry doesn’t saddle the rest of us with disease and injury. That’s exactly the kind of safety net that the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards would provide. The goal of these standards is to keep dangerous chemicals out of the air that we breathe and the water that we drink. Pretty basic.
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