Representative John Sullivan (R-OK) sponsored H.R. 2681, the so-called Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011, which would toss out already-finalized standards to clean up mercury and other toxic air pollution from cement plants, the second largest industrial emitters of mercury pollution, which can impair a child’s ability to think, talk, read, write, and learn. The bill would delay a new set of standards for at least four and a half years while eliminating any deadline by which cement plants are required to comply with the standards. Every year the standards are delayed would mean an additional 2,500 premature deaths due to cement plants’ harmful emissions. On October 6, the House passed H.R. 2681 by a vote of 262-161 (House roll call vote 764). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate has taken no action on this legislation.