EPA To Ease Cost Of Pollution Regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is making it much cheaper for companies to reduce toxic air pollution from industrial boilers and incinerators.

In a vastly overhauled regulation obtained by The Associated Press in advance of its release Wednesday, the EPA says it has found ways to control pollution at more than 200,000 industrial boilers, heaters and incinerators nationwide at 50 percent less cost.

That would save businesses $1.8 billion and avert thousands of heart attacks and asthma cases a year.

Republicans and some Democrats in Congress have criticized the EPA over the boiler rule, saying it would be too expensive for industry.

A senior EPA official told the AP that cost wasn't the driving factor, but the changes made were driven in part by an executive order to review burdensome regulations.