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Environmental advocates urge state to rejoin RGGI

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 8, 2014 at 4:12 pm •  Published: August 8, 2014

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — Environmental advocates have weighed in at a public hearing on the Christie administration's proposal to formally repeal rules aimed at reducing pollution from power plants.

Friday's hearing comes more than two years after Gov. Chris Christie withdrew the state from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The so-called "cap-and-trade" measure is aimed at reducing carbon dioxide pollution by setting limits on emissions by power plants that burn fossil fuels.

A New Jersey appeals court ruled in March the state had failed to follow provisions required to repeal the regulations, including a requirement to hold public hearings.

The Department of Environmental Protection says a formal repeal will not affect the state's participation in the program. But advocates urged them to reconsider.

Senate President Steve Sweeney has introduced legislation challenging the repeal.