Senate GOP Try To Gut Clean Air Act

Under the guise of a transportation bill, every Senate Republican except Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) voted Thursday to suspend Clean Air Act rules on toxic emissions from industrial boilers, cement factories, and waste incineration facilities. Every Democrat except for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted against the bill. The Long-Term Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011, introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), also would have crippled the NEPA environmental impact statement process. The bill failed by a 47-53 vote.

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