The Trump administration on Monday made final its decision to leave limits for a deadly kind of air pollutant unchanged, overriding scientific findings that tougher standards could save tens of thousands of lives yearly.
Environmental groups and many scientists have condemned the decision, slated to be among the final actions of an administration that targeted most proposed and many existing health and environmental protections as a burden to businesses. In the coal state of West Virginia, officials welcomed Monday’s announcement by Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler, who was a lobbyist for coal immediately before coming to the Trump EPA.
The tougher air standards called for by many scientists in and out of the federal government could have been a huge blow to the coal industry, Douglas Buffington, West Virginias senior deputy attorney general, told reporters.
Wheeler’s decision leaves unchanged limits for what is broadly called fine particulate matter …