NEWS: Utah lawmakers use CRA as weapon against haze rule

By: Sean Reilly
E&E News
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

 

Utah lawmakers are seeking to deploy the Congressional Review Act against U.S. EPA’s regional haze rule for the state.

Republican Sen. Mike Lee introduced a CRA resolution of disapproval yesterday, following up on H.J. Res. 87, a similar House measure dropped in Friday by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, another Republican.

The EPA plan, published last July over state objections, would require two coal-fired plants owned by PacifiCorp to slash emissions of nitrogen oxides, with the goal of improving visibility at nine national parks and wilderness areas, including Canyonlands National Park in Utah and the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

PacifiCorp estimates the cost of new pollution controls at $700 million. The Oregon-based company and state elected officials are contesting the EPA plan in lawsuits filed with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

In a news release yesterday, Chaffetz echoed their opposition, saying EPA had assumed unwarranted authority “in order to impose significant costs without any discernible benefit.”

“Such actions are typical of Obama-era federal overreach and must be repealed,” Chaffetz said.

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