Should regulations controlling air pollution be upheld or curtailed in some way?
The Senate is expected to vote this week on a measure sponsored by Environment and Public Works Committee ranking member James Inhofe, R-Okla., that would nullify a recently finalized Environmental Protection Agency rule that controls mercury and other pollution from coal-fired power plants. Also this week, EPA has said it expects to finalize rules controlling the same air pollution from industrial boilers. In addition, debate is building around EPA's proposal last week for a tougher standard for particulate matter (commonly known as soot).
Should some or all of these rules be curtailed in any way? What factors, including public health, the environment and the economic impact should Congress and the Obama administration consider when promulgating clean-air rules? Are there major differences among these various rules? Should Congress examine them in different ways?