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A group of Republican senators suggest the Obama administration may be purposefully overstating the benefits of new environmental rules by more than $2.2 billion to make them seem more valuable.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is undergoing an “apparent attempt to deliberately inflate benefits calculations in order to justify the high cost of a rule,” the senators wrote in a letter to the head of EPA’s water office on Monday.

Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) signed the letter. All are members of the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

The EPA, they charge, is trying to “exaggerate benefits” of a potential new rule to prevent fish, shellfish and other organisms from being trapped in the cooling structures of power plants and manufacturing sites.