Senate votes in favor of clean air protections
June 20th, 2012
01:59 PM ET
9 years ago

Senate votes in favor of clean air protections

(CNN) - Senate Joint Resolution 37, the Senate bill that would overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's controversial Mercury and Air Toxics Standards or MATS, was voted down Wednesday by a margin of 46 to 53.

Introduced by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, in February, the resolution was a challenge to the country's first national protections rule designed to limit the amount of heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and other toxic air pollutants released by power plants that burn coal and oil - toxins many suspect cause cancer and other health problems.


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  1. demwit

    My health is motre important than my job, cost of living and basic quality of life.

    June 20, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Isn't Inhofe the one with dimentia that lands at the wrong airport all the time?

    June 20, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Little Jimmy Truth

    Will Obama veto it?

    June 20, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  4. Mr 1% the "VULTURE CAPITALIST BUSINESSMAN" will outsource all the poor, disabled, unemployed and elderly, to China and sell America to the highest bidder!

    Looks like enough of the GOP tea baggers in the Senate were worried about the lungs of their grandchildren, that they voted for clean air.

    God know, they do not care about any one else's children.

    June 20, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Governor 47th in Job Growth

    Who needs clean air or water? While at it, might as well get in there without your mask and start scraping that asbestos. I propose Oklahoma build a big ol' power plant righ in Jimmy Inhofe's back yard - take part of his land by imminent domain just to make it even sweeter.
    Profits before people.

    June 20, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    anyone that voted to drop the regulations would sing another tune if one of these spewing plants was in their town or neighborhood.

    June 20, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |

    Watch the republican bafoon party try to block it like they do with all good legislation to protect their corporation clients at our childrens exspense. These losers will be out in Nov ,unless your brain dead and stupid !!!!!

    June 20, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. @OmegaRaiel

    Oklahoma Republicans trying to poison us, must be Wednesday.

    June 20, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Anyone who has driven on the New Jersey Turnpike just south of Newark Liberty International Airport would understand the need for these sort of regulations. There are a number of oil refineries in that area and they are all up, running and FUNKtioning. They stink for miles and miles, permeating the air the rotten egg smell of sulfur aromatics and other memorable aromas......And Republicans want to allow more air pollution????

    June 20, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. rs

    It is votes like this that ought to ba a no-brainer that make you wonder what's wrong with Republicans. Clean air-GOOD, dirty air-BAD. Is their world THAT Alice in Wonderland?

    June 20, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Mikey

    This should not be a problem for the coal industry. I've been watching their ads on TV promoting "clean coal". If they are actually using the technology they are telling the world they are, then they will meet these standards. They wouldn't lie to the public about "clean coal", would they?

    June 20, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The House Republican Leadership should take note and cease its efforts to undermine the Clean Air Act – efforts the public does not support.”
    This must be the same Act that is destroying the Black Lung industry in West Virginia.
    Can Republicans be any more blatant as to whose interests they're more interested in protecting? I'll give you a hint: If you're NOT a corporation/industry don't bother.

    June 20, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |