Update: House Gives Free Pass to Cement Polluters

Just to give a quick update on the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act that we reported on yesterday: The House passed the bill 262 to 161 in a not-quite-party-line vote. None of Rep. Henry Waxman’s amendments were accepted. In fact, no amendments were accepted. All were offered by Democrats.

The House then moved on to discuss a bill to set aside EPA rules governing emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from approximately 200,000 boilers and incinerators nationwide. We can look forward to a swift, if acrimonious, passage of that one as well.

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