Sens. Battle Over Plan To Repeal Mercury Emissions Rule

Law360, New York (June 19, 2012, 11:13 PM EDT) -- U.S. senators squared off Tuesday over a proposal to repeal a recent federal rule limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants that Republican legislators decry as a war on coal.

Senators began debating a resolution that would overturn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's utility maximum achievable control technology rule, which would force coal-fired plants to cut their mercury emissions by more than 90 percent in four years.

"It's not about public health, it's about killing coal," the resolution's sponsor Sen. James...
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