U.S. Senator Mike Enzi supported a failed attempt to block the Environmental Protection Agency from setting the first federal standards to reduce toxic air pollution from power plants. The Democrat-controlled Senate rebuffed the Republican effort Wednesday to overturn a regulation to slash mercury and other toxic emissions from the oldest and most polluting oil- and coal-fired power plants in the country.
Enzi says the EPA rule would strike a fatal blow to the coal industry by causing many coal power plants to shut down.
Senator Barrasso, who also supported the failed congressional resolution, said that the rule does little to protect public health and that it will do just the opposite and create a health crisis because of the additional unemployment it will cause in the West, the Midwest and in Appalachia.