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Medical and scientific studies demonstrate that average Americans are exposed to at least 5 to 10 times less methylmercury than average Faroe Islanders. The islanders consume large quantities of pilot whale meat and blubber - which is high in methylmercury, high in PCBs and low in selenium. As a result, their blood mercury concentrations can be up to 350 timeshigher than the mean blood mercury levels measured by the Centers for Disease Control for average American women.

The Faroe Islands study is irrelevant to mercury exposure risk for average Americans. EPA’s use of that study is deceptive. American women and children are safe from any likely threats from mercury.

To top it off, EPA itself proclaims: “The emissions limits in today’s rule are technology-based … and do not need to be justified based on their ability to protect public health.”

In other words, if the technology exists to eliminate these pollutants - regardless of the cost, impact on electricity prices and reliability, and whether they do anything for human health - the agency will impose the rules.

American voters, elected officials and courts need to challenge these radical, unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats, demand an end to EPA’s distortion of science and reality - and reverse these flawed rules.

Willie Soon is a physicist. Paul Driessen is senior policy adviser for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and Congress of Racial Equality.