Pa. Senate approves larger state role in pollution control

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 16, 2014 1:57 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The state Senate has approved a bill to require legislative approval of any state plan for reducing carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants and other sources.

The Senate has approved the measure  by a vote of 31-17.

The bill was sent to Governor Corbett, who is expected to sign it.

Under the federal Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, each state can provide its own plan as part of the first-ever national limits on greenhouse gas emissions.

However, the bill also would require Pennsylvania's plan to be approved by both houses of the Legislature before it could be sent to the EPA.

A coalition of environmentalist groups is protesting the measure, saying would create a bureaucratic hurdle that would hinder efforts to reduce pollution in the state.

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