25 states take part in suit to delay EPA regulations

Reuters is reporting that fully half of the states in the union have entered in to a suit urging the EPA to delay and rethink it’s pending slate of environmental regulations.

Adding pressure on the Environmental Protection Agency to relax air pollution rules, 25 states urged a federal court on Monday to require the agency to delay a rule on mercury emissions and other pollutants from power plants by at least a year, saying the measure is too costly.

“In the past, EPA has designed its regulations pretty carefully to make sure that they wouldn’t be forcing any facilities to shut down,” Jeff Holmstead, the former EPA assistant administrator for air and radiation under President George W. Bush, said about the brief, filed electronically on Monday with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

“But now, it looks like there are senior folks at EPA whose main goal is to shut down as many coal-fired power plants as possible.”

11. October 2011 by Jason Hayes
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