20 Apr '11, 7pm

Rep Barton denies any ‘medical negative’ from mercury, smog, or soot pollution.

Barton: In your testimony you say that these standards would save 17,000 lives, in terms of premature deaths a year I think, is that not correct? Walke: That's taken from EPA's projection that up to 17,000 lives ... Barton: Let's stipulate that it's a number that you got from somewhere else. Walke: Yes sir. Barton: I'm going to ask every private sector individual here. I'll start with Mr. Fanning [Tom Fanning, president of Southern Company]. How many cases in your company were there last year of mercury poisoning reported? Fanning: None that I know of. Barton: Does anybody know of mercury poisoning because of emissions from any of your plants? Do you know how many there were in the country last year? Zero. Zero. How about SO2? Any of you have any history in your plants of SO2 poisoning? Now, we cut SO2 emissions by 50 percent in the last decade, and this, if implemented cu...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/pollution/2011-04-20-barton-denies-a...

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