Washington, D.C.-Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio), a senior member of the EPW Committee, issued a joint statement today commenting on the introduction of the Carper-Alexander legislation to reduce sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and mercury emissions from America's power plants.
"The goal of combining greater regulatory certainty under the Clean Air Act with significant advances in public health and the environment is a worthy and attainable one," Senators Inhofe and Voinovich said. "We stand together today to begin a dialogue aimed at achieving that goal. Our dialogue will build on several years of valuable discussion and analysis on the various legislative proposals dealing with power plant emissions. We emphasize that we find significant problems with key provisions in the Carper-Alexander legislation; therefore much work is needed to reach common ground. Yet we are hopeful that an open process drawing on input from multiple perspectives can result in bipartisan agreement on legislation to reduce power plant emissions."