LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) — Arkansas Attorney
General Leslie Rutledge is leading a coalition of eight
attorneys general in pleading with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) to consider the effects and costs of its proposed changes to
regional haze rules.
The attorneys general involved believe the proposed
changes do not mesh with the existing text in the Clean Air Act. They allege the amendments would increase costs on Arkansas utilities and ultimately
ratepayers, as well as in other states. The letter says that, if adopted, the proposed amendments would divest
the states of their long-established role in determining regional haze rules.
“The EPA is proposing improper changes to the rules to wrest
control from states like Arkansas that approach regional haze in a balanced
way,” Rutledge said. “These proposed changes are part of an attempt to force the
EPA’s political agenda on many states and ignore what is in the best interest
of a particular state. The EPA should fully consider the effects of these rule
changes before thinking about proceeding with implementation.”
Rutledge is joined in the effort by the attorneys general of
Alabama, Colorado, Kansas, Michigan, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Carolina.