toxic substances

Interpreting Michigan v. EPA

The opinion seems likely to have very limited repercussions.

In bringing the mercury rule to the Supreme Court, industry was hoping for a ruling that EPA had to balance costs and benefits (and could only include benefits relating to mercury).  What they got was far less than that.  Here, I’d like to address some key questions about the opinion. 1.  When does EPA have …


Toothless Toxic Regs

The NY Times “economic scene” column has an interesting column about toxics.  Current regulations are largely ineffectual.  Case in point: zinc in denture cream, which turns out to be at a high enough level to cause neurological damage for some users.  The product stayed on the market for years despite rising evidence, and some of …