"White House Stiffens Resolve On Environment, Threatens Veto"

"The President's advisers have made it official and are recommending a strong veto of a House bill that would gut two key anti-pollution rules."

"In a sternly worded statement, officials at the Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday took exception to a House bill that would put off a pending upgrade of mercury standars for power plants and delay an EPA rule cutting power plant emissions that blow across state lines and contribute to smog.

'Each year, these rules would avoid tens of thousands of premature deaths, prevent tens of thousands of heart attacks and thousands of hospital visits for respiratory and cardiovascular disease, and alleviate hundreds of thousands of childhood asthma attacks and other respiratory illnesses,' the officials wrote in the statement. 'EPA estimates that these two rules alone will yield hundreds of billions of dollars in net benefits each year.'"

Susan Crabtree reports for Talking Points Memo September 21, 2011.

SEE ALSO:

"House GOP Bill Would Roll Back Basic Air-Pollution Rules" (McClatchy)

"The Worst US Cities for Breathers" (Mother Jones)

Source: Talking Points Memo, 09/22/2011