Rand Paul has introduced a resolution of disapproval, that if passed, would nullify the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. Here’s the full text of the resolution (PDF):
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress disapproves the rule submitted to Congress by the Environmental Protection Agency on July 11, 2011, entitled “Federal Implementation Plans: Interstate Transport of Fine Particulate Matter and Ozone and Correction of SIP Approvals” (76 Fed. Reg. 48208 (August 8, 2011)), relating to the mitigation by States of cross-border air pollution under the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 2 7401 et seq.), and such rule shall have no force or effect.
Here’s what the rule would do:
Rand Paul, fighting for heart attacks, bronchitis, asthma, and respiratory problems.
Update — Per a request on Reddit, here’s some background information on the rule:
Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA is required to protect states from sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide pollution emitted from coal plants in other states. After dragging its feet for a while, the Bush administration introduced the Clean Air Interstate Rule in 2005. Due to its over-reliance on emissions trading, the Clean Air Interstate Rule was shot down in December 2008 by the U.S. Court of appeals for the District of Columbia. One year ago today, the Obama administration proposed a plan — the Clean Air Transport Rule — to replace the Bush administration’s flawed Clean Air Interstate Rule.
Finally, the EPA has finalized an updated version of this rule, now appropriately named the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, which requires power plants in 27 eastern states and the District of Columbia to significantly reduce sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide pollution.
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