Dear Editor: I need to correct something that went into the letter from Dave Ramsey, Wendy Meehan and myself that appeared in the Oct. 31 issue of The Journal. The error was my fault. The letter stated that the EPA stopped prohibiting the burning of railroad ties in power plants after the relevant science advisory committee was disbanded. That is not the case. The EPA decision came during the Obama administration before the Trump administration disbanded the advisory committee. As far as I can determine, the decision was based on data supplied by a coalition of industry associations representing corporations that would profit from the change. It appears that the decision did not go through the scientific evaluation we were once accustomed to.


David Vogel

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Virginia Moss

This is what I recall; thanks for the correction. Understand, though, that it was not Obama's idea. Obama faced an all-Republican government all 8 years. His power was severely limited. That's why he employed executive orders so often. No one listens to Big Business quicker than a conservative so, of course, this change was easy to make under that Republican rule of congress. However, Big Donors of any kind get the ear of both parties equally.

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