Calling it a job killer that would increase the price of energy, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today voted to prevent the Environmental Protection AgencyвЂ™s (EPA) from moving forward with its Utility MACT Rule that would greatly increase regulations of coal-fired power plants. The legislation, authored by Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, was defeated.
вЂњRaising energy costs вЂ“ as the Utility MACT Rule would most certainly do вЂ“ is a surefire way to kill jobs at a time when we need it the most,вЂќ Hatch said. вЂњIf the EPAвЂ™s rule is allowed to go forward, it jeopardizes our nationвЂ™s most affordable, abundant, and dependable domestic source of electricity. Affordable energy has always been the lifeblood of a strong economy, which is one of the key reasons why Utah is such a great state to do business in. ThatвЂ™s why itвЂ™s so vital the Utility MACT rule and all job-killing regulations like it be reversed.вЂќ
The Utility MACT Rule would significantly increase the restrictions on the amount of mercury and other substances emitted from coal fired power plants, which produce the majority of the power used by Utahns. Hatch was a co-signor of the discharge petition to force todayвЂ™s disapproval vote.