Obama Thanks EPA For 'Historic Progress,' Despite Critics

Law360, New York (January 10, 2012, 8:19 PM EST) -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday thanked U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employees for making "historic progress" toward cutting down air pollution from coal-fired plants, while attacking Republicans' claims that tough environmental standards hurt the economy.

In a speech to EPA staff, Obama showered praise on the agency for releasing a final rule governing mercury and other emissions from coal-fired and oil-plants Dec. 21, more than two decades after Congress amended the Clean Air Act to require such regulations.

"For over 20 years, special interest groups had successfully...
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