House GOP moves to block EPA rules on power plants

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are moving to block President Barack Obama's plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants.

A measure sponsored by Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky would require the Environmental Protection Agency to set carbon emissions standards based on technology that has been in use for at least a year. Republicans and some coal-state Democrats say an EPA rule aimed at future power plants is based on carbon-capturing technology that does not currently exist.

The White House has threatened to veto the measure, saying it would undermine public health protections of the Clean Air Act and stop progress in cutting carbon pollution from power plants.

A vote on Whitfield's bill is expected Thursday. A similar measure in the Senate is sponsored by Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

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