Electric utilities that keep the lights on to satisfy the federal government when blackouts loom would be insulated from environmental fines under bipartisan legislation advancing in the House.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, would exempt utility companies from federal, state and local environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, whenever the federal government orders them to keep generating power.
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