Today, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R- Ga., voted in favor of the motion to proceed to S. J. Res. 37, a resolution of disapproval on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards aimed at reducing air toxins such as mercury emissions from coal power plants. The rule, also referred to as the Utility MACT, would effectively shut down coal-fired power plants across the country, cause energy prices to rise by several percentage points, and cost America thousands of jobs.
"As our economy continues to stagnate, Georgians can hardly afford an increase in their electric bills," said Chambliss. "One Georgia electric company estimates that by 2014, the Utility MACT rule could cost up to $250 million annually to implement. This doesn't take into account the hundreds of millions of additional dollars that the company expects to spend on complying with existing environmental statutes and regulations -- money it could be investing in new technology, creating new jobs and lowering customers' rates. This overreach by the EPA is yet another regulation crushing businesses. We must force the EPA to craft a narrow rule that properly protects human health in a manner that is not outweighed by its costs."