Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Indy Star Rarely Misses An Opportunity to Create a Misimpression

A headline from today's edition (see here): "House blocks EPA on coal ash." In case anyone was confused by this, allow me to clarify. The House of Representatives voted to block EPA's proposal to increase regulation of coal ash, which is a by-product of electricity generation from coal containing toxic chemicals. However, the House vote cannot, by itself, block EPA's regulation. That would require a corresponding vote in the Senate, plus the President's signature (or a subsequent super-majority vote in Congress to override a presidential veto). So, the bottom line is that, contrary to the Star's headline, the House has not blocked the new EPA rule.

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