Arizona commission fights EPA power plant emission regulations

The Arizona Corporation Commission will file an amicus brief in federal appeals court to fight against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's regulations regarding pollution control upgrades. The Associated Press reported the commission voted March 12 to file the brief after the EPA set new limits for nitrogen oxide emissions that three of the state's coal-fired power plants have to comply with in five years.

The EPA had partially approved the state's air quality plan for the Cholla, Coronado and Apache power plants, the article stated. But the commission does not think the EPA's nitrogen oxide emission rules "strike the right balance of environmental stewardship and protection of Arizona's economy," the AP reported.

The state of Arizona has appealed the EPA's decision to implement the new emission regulations, and the Arizona Corporation Commission's amicus brief will support that appeal, The Republic reported.

Commission Chairman Bob Stump said the EPA was "out of control" by requiring the emission reductions, the article stated.

"The EPA is on a path to damaging severely Arizona's economy," he said. "The commission will not stand by idly as the federal government puts our state's economy at risk."

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