House votes to thwart EPA power plant rules

The amendment prevents the EPA from finalizing the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule for roughly four years at a minimum and then provides another three years for implementation. It would also prevent power plant air toxics rules from coming into force for more than a half-dozen years at a minimum.

The amendment also makes other changes that Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, alleges would badly weaken EPA’s ability to control emissions of mercury and other air toxics from power plants.

But Whitfield, who heads the committee's Energy and Power Subcommittee, said through an aide this week that the amendment is needed to prevent regulations that will “devastate our nation’s power sector and lead to plant closures across the country.”

We have more on the amendment here.

The House is expected to pass the Train Act later on Friday, but it's unlikely to advance in the Senate and faces a White House veto threat.