Texas, Biz Groups Tell EPA Regional Haze Plan Is Unlawful

By Jess Krochtengel (April 22, 2015, 8:21 PM EDT) -- Business groups and Texas' governor this week told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency it should ditch a proposal to replace Texas and Oklahoma haze plans with a federal plan to improve air quality at national parks and scenic areas.

Dozens of power, manufacturing and chemical businesses, including Xcel Energy Inc. and Luminant Generation Co. LLC, and trade groups representing the power and chemical industries, along with the National Association of Manufacturers and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said the EPA plan would unlawfully increase its own authority over the regional haze program at the expense of the states and Native American tribes...

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