Republican lawmakers want to delay the Environmental Protection Agency's rules on various air toxics standards, as businesses say such measures require costly implementation and threaten jobs and the economy. At issue are rules governing emissions of mercury and other substances from power plants, and standards for pollution controls on boilers and cement plants. "It's quite clear that EPA ... is determined to pass regulations to increase the cost of coal and make other energy sources more competitive. We need a national debate on the direction that the EPA is going and the method that they're using to get there," said Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky.

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