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Trump administration writes dozens of “midnight regulations” undermining health and environmental protections

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 11 December 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4823
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal, Canada

A last minute flurry of regulations by the Trump administration includes dozens of hard-to-undo rules that experts say would increase pollution, raise health costs, lower nutritional standards, and restrict the use of scientific evidence in government decision making.

The latest rule, finalised on 9 December, will bar the Environmental Protection Agency from considering illnesses and deaths avoided as benefits to be set against the financial cost of curbing air pollutants when writing regulations under the Clean Air Act.1

Earlier this week, another rule froze current restrictions on fine particulate pollution for at least five years to come, disregarding expert advice which said that continuing to tighten limits would save thousands of lives a year.

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