“A stay of EPA's plan would result in grave harm to public health, including premature deaths, heart attacks and asthma events,” the Sierra Club told the judges.
In reaching its conclusion, the group cited the opinion of an environmental health professor at the New York University School of Medicine.
The attorney general's staff said last month the EPA pollutant requirement “is not health related.”
Pruitt, citing utilities' data, has said the cost to OG&E could cause consumers, including industries, to pay much more for electricity and would cause a loss of jobs.
Costs vs. benefits
The old coal-
The federal agency's final rule approved most of the state's plan for reducing haze but rejected part of the plan that dealt with retro
Oklahoma authorities contend EPA's plan would be too expensive and not produce enough benefits to justify the cost.
EPA contends that state authorities, relying on OG&E figures, “greatly overestimated” the cost.
American Electric Power-