House votes to delay controls on toxic pollution

By DINA CAPPIELLO | October 6, 2011 | 12:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House has passed the first of two bills that would delay rules to cut toxic air pollution and mercury from cement plants, solid waste incinerators and industrial boilers.

House Republicans have gone after Environmental Protection Agency rules that they view at job killers. But the bills they're pushing probably will stall in the Democratic-run Senate.

The first one passed the House by a 262-161 vote Thursday.

It's the latest GOP effort to postpone for years environmental controls on toxic mercury emissions from the nation's three largest sources.

The cement plant and boiler bills also would lower the limit that industrial facilities would have to meet. Those facilities are now required to use "maximum achievable" pollution-control technology.

The bills are pushing the "least burdensome" alternatives.