Maintenance. We are currently updating the site. Please check back shortly
Members login
  • TrustLaw
  • Members Portal
Subscribe Donate

U.S. House advances bill putting curbs on EPA power plant rules

Source: Reuters - Thu, 6 Mar 2014 16:33 GMT
Author: Reuters
cli-pol
Tweet Recommend Google + LinkedIn Email Print
Leave us a comment

By Valerie Volcovici

WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) - A bill that would curb the ability of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set limits on carbon emissions from power plants cleared a hurdle in the House of Representatives on Thursday.

The Republican-controlled House passed the bill by a 229-183 vote but the Senate, in which Democrats hold the majority, has no timetable to consider the legislation. President Barack Obama already has threatened to veto the bill.

Representative Ed Whitfield of Kentucky, a Republican, said the bill is a "reasonable alternative" to proposed carbon emissions standards by the EPA for new power plants and forthcoming rules to limit emissions from the country's existing power plants.

Representative Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, said the bill is not an alternative to proposed EPA rules but "part of the Republicans' ongoing attack on the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Act authority to address carbon pollution."

Last June Obama directed the EPA to craft emissions rules for thousands of power plants, the bulk of which burn coal and which account for roughly one-third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. (Reporting by Valerie Volcovici; Editing by Ros Krasny and Bill Trott)

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. For more information see our Acceptable Use Policy.

comments powered by Disqus
Most Popular
TOPICAL CONTENT
Topical content
LATEST SLIDESHOW

Latest slideshow

See allSee all
FEATURED JOBS
Featured jobs