The resolution would have also prohibited the EPA from adopting substantially similar clean-air standards in the future. Mercury is a neurotoxin in fetuses and young children. Some other metals are known to cause cancer. Fine particulates are linked to heart attacks, bronchitis and asthma.
Because of these new standards, jobs will be created, public health will be improved and health-care costs will be reduced.
Alabama Sens. Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby voted to block the standards.