Senate to Vote on Air Quality Regs

Air quality legislation goes to a vote in US Senate..
Air quality legislation goes to a vote in US Senate..

WYOMING NEWS SERVICE, Cheyenne, WY – Wrangling over regulation of greenhouse gas pollution heads to the US Senate today, with a vote set on an amendment that would remove the EPA's oversight and put it in the hands of Congress.

At stake are regulations that would control pollution from car and truck tailpipes, coal-burning power plants and other fossil fuel industries. Trip Van Noppen is with Earthjustice; he sees implications for Wyoming that go beyond oil, gas and coal.

Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski is the main sponsor of the resolution, and Wyoming Republican Senator John Barasso is a co-sponsor, along with support from a handful of Democrats. Murkowski says.

New EPA regulations at the center of the debate would enforce air quality standards under the Clean Air Act, and are set to go into effect next year. The resolution would undo those powers, and the White House has threatened a veto if it passes.

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