Senate votes to keep EPA power plant regulations

by Rebecca Harrington

The Senate voted 46-53 against a resolution to reduce Environmental Protection Agency power plant regulations for coal and oil power plants on Wednesday, CNN reported.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) proposed the resolution in February to challenge the EPA's regulations to cut mercury and other heavy metal emission, The Hill reported. Five Republicans and 48 Democrats, including both Minn. senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, voted against the resolution.

The group Environment Minnesota lobbied heavily for the votes, and member Mallory Carter said they were glad the senators voted with the public in mind.

“It’s just great that they actually stood up for the right thing this time," Carter said.