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House Blocks EPA Clean Air Rules

06 Oct 2011  |   Damien Shirley

Tags: Clean Air, Congress, House

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would block new EPA clean air standards for cement plants.

The Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act passed by a margin of 262 to 161. The vote was mostly party-line according to The Hill, with only 25 Democrats voting for the bill and 2 Republicans voting against.

This act is the latest in a series of legislation--outlined by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)--to block, repeal or delay a variety of public health safeguards.

Here's what LCV President Gene Karpinski had to say about the bill's passage:

"House Republican Leadership has wasted no time since the passage of the reckless TRAIN Act to continue Majority Leader Cantor's pro-polluter agenda that lets polluters off the hook, endangers public health and discourages innovation in clean technology. Now they have passed irresponsible legislation to block clean air standards for cement plants to reduce mercury and other harmful pollution that were finalized a year ago by the EPA and are already over a decade overdue. We strongly applaud President Obama's continued commitment to veto this and other legislative assaults on the Clean Air Act which will increase toxic air pollution, cost lives and drive up health care costs for all Americans."

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