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Air Pollution

Sen. Tom Carper explores chances for Clean Air Act compromises on the Hill

Sen. Tom Carper, the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works' Clear Air Subcommittee, talks with E&E Daily senior reporter Darren Samuelsohn about the chances for a compromise agreement in the Clean Air Act debate now in full bloom on Capitol Hill. Carper says he expects Bush's Clear Skies initiative to be met with a 9-9 committee vote later this month should the bill's sponsors not agree to some degree of a compromise on the issue of mandatory carbon dioxide controls for power plants. Also, Carper says he is considering pushing his plan as an amendment during the Senate EPW Committee markup expected Feb. 16.