Thursday, December 15, 2011
OKALHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today responded to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plan to reduce regional haze and control emissions at three Oklahoma power plants. The EPA posted the plan to their website after rejecting a proposal to reduce regional haze put forward by the state of Oklahoma earlier this year.
“It is frustrating and disappointing that the EPA continues to move forward with a federal plan that will raise costs for ratepayers and utility companies, leave less money in the pockets of Oklahomans and push our economy in the wrong direction. The EPA’s plan could drive utility rates significantly higher in the next five years, something that many citizens cannot afford, especially during a recession.
“Fortunately, there continue to be signs that the federal government may be open to a regional haze reduction plan proposed by the state of Oklahoma and designed to address the environmental, health and economic concerns put forward by various parties. I sincerely hope that is the case, as the state of Oklahoma and its citizens have much to lose if the federal government pushes more overbearing regulations on the state, its businesses and its ratepayers.”