Changing the rules on toxic emissions

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to change how it tallies up the costs and benefits of rules limiting mercury emissions—a move two University of Washington experts say would make it harder to protect people from the harmful health effects of air pollution. 
It’s a new front in the two-decade-long battle to regulate toxic mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.

A matter of scientific integrity

A group of 15 air pollution experts—including three scientists from the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS)—say recent changes made by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have damaged the quality and credibility of the EPA’s scientific review process for federal clean air standards.

Standing up for science

Lianne Sheppard imagined a career in service to both science and the public good when she joined the UW faculty 24 years ago.

She never anticipated that one day, she would have to choose between them.

Sheppard is professor of environmental and occupational health sciences and biostatistics, and assistant chair of the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS).