House Panel Signs Off On Bill Relaxing Pollution Controls

Law360, New York (June 7, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT) -- A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee approved a bill Thursday aimed at eliminating conflicts between pollution controls and federal orders to produce power to avert blackouts, but not without Democrats voicing concerns over what they say is ambiguous language in the bill.

According to the sponsors of the bipartisan legislation, which is titled the Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act, the bill would shield energy producers from liability for environmental regulations when they are operating under emergency orders from the federal government.

Although the bill...
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