On July 26, EPA Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe before the House Oversight and Government Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight, and Government Spending defended the agency’s efforts to require coal-fired power plants and other power generators to use maximum achievable control technology (MACT) to curb emissions of mercury and other air toxics. Perciasepe said that delaying the rules would drive utilities and companies “to keep cash on the sidelines instead of spending it putting people to work modernizing their facilities,” but the US does “not have to choose between the significant public health benefits from reducing air pollution from power plants and a robust, reliable electric grid” needed for a healthy recovery. Perciasepe also claimed the rule would support an estimated 31,000 jobs, including 9,000 highly skilled, long-term utility jobs.