Rep. Joe Barton challenged EPA air chief to produce a body from airborne mercury.
At today’s hearing, Texas Congressman Joe Barton challenged EPA air chief Gina McCarthy to produce a a “verified incidence” of someone being harmed by mercury air pollution.
I don’t think I can address that specifically. I can’t name any individual.
Barton pursued her:
You can’t name one because it doesn’t exist…. you can’t tell me of someone who has gotten sick or died or gone to the hospital because of mercury.
Gina McCarthy answered with dead silence.
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