Reid Fails To Block Coal Plants At Great Basin National Park

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has failed to get language into a must-pass spending bill that could have blocked new coal plants in Nevada by boosting air quality requirements at Great Basin National Park.

Instead the bill - expected to pass the House today and the Senate later this week - would require the Government Accountability Office to study whether the air quality requirements at Great Basin are adequate.

Reid faced opposition from Republicans in Nevada's House delegation over his original language because changing Great Basin from a Class II to a Class I air quality protection area would probably have blocked two coal-fired plants planned near Ely.