Upton ‘Close’ to Agreement on Legislation Repealing 2007 Ban on Ordinary Light Bulbs

By Pete Winn | June 22, 2011 | 3:55 PM EDT

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee

(CNSNews.com) - House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) says that he is “close” to an agreement with sponsors of legislation that would repeal the 2007 ban on the ordinary incandescent light bulb.

Upton told bloggers at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, that he is working with Reps. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Michael Burgess (R-Texas) and expects that "soon, very soon" they will advance a bill that would undo regulations that effectively ban the ordinary incandescent light bulb by 2012 – regulations that Upton sponsored in 2007.

“We’re very close to seeing an agreement emerge and happen, so stay tuned, I guess you have to say,” Upton said. ”(There are) a couple of different things we're looking at, so stay tuned in the next -- probably couple of days, actually. Soon, just say soon. 

He added: "We’ve had some good conversations and we’ll see where we are later this week.”

The ban, which was part of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, phases out ordinary light bulbs that use more than 40 watts, making them illegal, starting in 2012. 

As CNSNews.com has reported, the ban means that consumers are stuck with more costly, less environmentally friendly alternatives, such as compact fluorescent bulbs, which pose greater health risks than incandescent bulbs.

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