Alexander Statement on EPA Clean Air Proposal

Posted on July 6, 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement today of its new transport rule, which, according to the EPA, “would require 31 states [including Tennessee] and the District of Columbia to significantly improve air quality by reducing power plant emissions [of SO2 and NOX] that contribute to ozone and fine particle pollution in other states”: 

"These clean air rules are a good first step, but they are too regional, too complicated and too weak to be a permanent solution for public health and for the certainty and flexibility that utilities need to keep electric rates down. This EPA action is even more reason for Congress to pass the Carper-Alexander legislation that would establish a national program with stronger permanent reductions in SO2 and NOX emissions and eliminate 90% of mercury emissions."

 

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