CBO Clears Bill To Ease Pollution Regs In Emergencies

Law360, New York (July 3, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT) -- A bipartisan bill to reduce utilities’ liability under environmental laws during electrical emergencies will have a negligible impact on federal spending because the government seldom issues emergency orders to utilities, congressional researchers said in a report Tuesday.

The Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act will have an “insignificant” effect on the federal budget over its first 10 years of implementation, even though pay-as-you go procedures apply to the bill, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

The bill, H.R. 4273, would protect utilities from having to...
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