Senate Blocks GOP Bid To Kill EPA Power Plant Rule

Law360, New York (June 20, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate on Wednesday shot down a Republican-backed resolution to overturn a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring steep reductions in power plant emissions, leaving opponents with no immediate legislative options to prevent the rule’s implementation.

The Senate voted 56-43 against S.J. Res. 37, a measure sponsored by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., that would have nullified the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS, rule.

Finalized in December, the MATS rule gives utilities until 2015 to cut toxic air emissions by 95 percent. The...
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