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The Latest: Senate committee Oks bill relaxing air rules

January 9, 2018

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a Republican bill that would relax Wisconsin’s air pollution regulations (all times local):

10:44 a.m.

A state Senate committee has signed off on a Republican bill that would relax Wisconsin’s air pollution regulations.

The bill would repeal any state air pollution rules that go beyond federal regulations by the end of 2018. The state currently regulates hundreds more pollutants than the federal government.

State regulators could develop new rules that go beyond federal regulations but those regulations would stand for only a decade.

The Republican-controlled Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve the bill without discussion. The vote clears the way for a full Senate floor vote.

The committee also amended the bill to give regulators three years to repeal the regulations and remove the 10-year duration for new rules.

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9:45 a.m.

A legislative committee is set to approve a Republican bill that would relax Wisconsin’s air pollution regulations.

The bill would repeal any state air pollution rules that go beyond federal regulations by the end of 2018. The state currently regulates hundreds more pollutants than the federal government.

The proposal would allow the Department of Natural Resources to promulgate new rules that go beyond federal regulations. Those rules would last only a decade.

Democrats have complained the bill would leave hundreds of pollutants unregulated, putting people’s health at risk.

The Republican-controlled Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection is set to vote on the bill Tuesday. Approval would clear the way for a full Senate vote.

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