Breaking with the Republican effort to overturn a costly EPA clean air regulation once more, Senator Lamar Alexander says he will vote against a bill that would end a mandate on pollutant emissions.

TN_FlagBreaking with his party’s efforts to overturn a costly EPA clean air regulation once more, Sen. Lamar Alexander said he would plan to vote against a bill that would end a mandate on pollutant emissions and introduce new legislation of his own.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., would overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule regulating the release of mercury and other hazardous emissions from coal-fired plants.

Along with Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Alexander introduced a bill that would allow states up to six years to comply with the EPA’s current clean air rule, similar to the timeline given to utilities such as TVA.

“This rule requires utilities in other states to install the same pollution controls that TVA already is installing on its coal-fired power plants,” Alexander said. “TVA alone can’t clean up our air. Tennessee is bordered by more states than any other state. We are surrounded by our neighbors’ smokestacks. If we want more Nissan and Volkswagen plants, we will have to stop dirty air from blowing into Tennessee.”

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Source: James Harrison | Nooga.com