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Sen. Jim Inhofe predicts fiscal damage from smog law

BY JIM MYERS - Tulsa World Modified: September 18, 2009 at 5:16 am •  Published: September 18, 2009
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe warned Wednesday that nine Oklahoma counties will face severe restrictions on economic development if the Obama administration follows through with revisions on smog standards.

"I am proud that over the past few years we have made tremendous progress in cleaning up our air in Oklahoma,” Inhofe said, adding that not a single county is now in violation of ozone standards. "But if EPA follows through on its action, Oklahoma communities will face severe restrictions on their ability to grow and promote economic development.”

Inhofe was reacting to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson’s announcement that her agency will reconsider 2008 smog standards.

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