Senate Rejects Boiler MACT Legislation
Related Topics: Clean Air Act (as Amended)
Today, the Senate rejected Boiler MACT language which, among other provisions, would have delayed the boiler rules by 15 months and extended the compliance period for 5 years. Specifically, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the author of the Boiler MACT legislation in question (S.1392), spearheaded the Senatorial effort to get the language of her bill attached as an amendment to the major transportation legislation which is working its way through the Senate. Her amendment failed on a 52-46 vote (the amendment needed 60 votes to pass.). It is unclear at this time if there be another push in the Senate to move the boiler language this year.
The House of Representatives passed its version of this legislation last fall. Ultimately, 8 Democrats joined 44 Republicans in voting for the proposal, while 1 Republican sided with Democrats in opposing the amendment. In the days leading up to the vote, Senator Wyden (D-OR), who had been a primary co-sponsor of the legislation, withdrew his support for the language, saying that the proposed changes in the reconsideration package, and subsequent communication with Lisa Jackson, had largely alleviated his concerns.
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