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House Passes Coal-Fired Power Plants Exemption Bill

Law360, Washington (March 8, 2018, 1:51 PM EST) -- The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would loosen certain U.S. Environmental Protection Agency air quality standards for power plants that burn refuse coal, as backers claimed the plants may otherwise have to shut down.

The Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment, or SENSE, Act from Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Pa., passed on a 215-189 vote, as backers claimed the bill’s changes would allow refuse coal plants to continue operating. The bill would give coal refuse-burning plants additional allowances under sulfur dioxide and hydrochloric acid...
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