Arizona regulators support state in EPA challenge

Arizona Corporation Committee EPA Cholla Coronado Apache coal-fired power plant pollution controls nitrogen oxides

The Arizona Corporation Committee votes earlier this week to file an amicus brief in federal appeals court to support to state’s challenge to pollution control upgrades at three coal-fired power plants, according to a report from the Associated Press.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency partially approved a state implementation plan for air quality for the Cholla, Coronado and Apache generation stations, but the federal agency set its own limits for nitrogen oxide emissions. The facilities have five years to comply with the EPA regulations.

According to the commission, the decision by the EPA does not correctly balance environmental stewardship and protection of Arizona’s economy, the Associate Press report stated.

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