Representatives from the Utility workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and International Brotherhood of Boilermakers met with White House officials recently, contenting that utilities need at least five years to comply with a forthcoming Environmental Protection Agency rule to reduce emissions of hazardous air pollutants from fossil fuel-fired power plants. At the same time, several health groups, including the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, told Office of Management and Budget officials that EPA’s “appropriate and necessary” finding is proper, and is urging the Administration to move quickly to release the rule. The EPA is scheduled to sign the final rule by December 16.