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Attorneys general say federal regulators post incomplete data on proposed carbon dioxide rules

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is among 13 attorneys general who wrote a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency. The group took issue with how EPA came up with its proposed rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants.
by Paul Monies Published: August 27, 2014

Federal environmental regulators failed to include information in rulemaking dockets on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and should withdraw the rules, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and a dozen other attorneys general said.

In a letter sent Monday to the Environmental Protection Agency, Pruitt and the other attorneys general said the agency didn’t provide all the information so the public could comment on proposed rules.

“Finalizing a rule without providing parties with the technical information necessary for meaningful comment renders the final rule unlawful,” said the letter.

The proposed rules are to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants and from modified and reconstructed sources. The EPA is taking comments until Oct. 16 on the existing power plants rule, although it may extend the comment period.

The Obama administration wants to reduce power plant carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030.

EPA failed to include modeling data for certain years under its projections for the emissions cuts, the attorneys general said in the letter. It also didn’t explain how utilities and other parties could evaluate estimated increases in plant efficiencies, one of four “building blocks” states can use to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants.

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by Paul Monies
Energy Reporter
Paul Monies is an energy reporter for The Oklahoman. He has worked at newspapers in Texas and Missouri and most recently was a data journalist for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area. Monies also spent nine years as a business reporter and...
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