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EPA Rejects Claims Challenging Threat Posed By Climate Change

Published Monday, 2nd August 2010 07:58 pm - © 2010 Dow Jones


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday rejected several challenges to its findings that climate change fueled by greenhouse gas emissions threatens the environment and public health.

The EPA said in a statement it rejected challenges made to existing climate-change science and the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Global Change Research Program. The issue revolves around the EPA's so-called endangerment finding made last year, a prerequisite for regulating heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change as pollutants.

"These petitions--based as they are on selectively edited, out-of-context data and a manufactured controversy--provide no evidence to undermine our determination. Excess greenhouse gases are a threat to our health and welfare," said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in statement.

Challenges made to the EPA findings ranged from alleged flaws in the science and data to problems with the EPA's process and assessment of potential impacts from the decision. Those who challenged the agency's decision included interest groups such as the Competitive Enterprise Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Ohio Coal Association as well as the state of Texas, according to the EPA.

The EPA endangerment decision has been challenged in federal court as well.

-By Mark Peters, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2457;

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