Senator Enzi: Haze Clouding Vision of EPA on States' Rights

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Senator Enzi: Haze Clouding Vision of EPA on States' Rights

U.S. Senator for Wyoming Mike Enzi filed an amendment Wednesday to the Senate energy efficiency bill that would prevent the EPA from impinging on a state’s right to address the issue of regional haze locally. Enzi said that Wyoming has spent over a decade producing a plan that is reasonable, productive, cost-effective and focused on addressing regional haze.

The Enzi amendment would prohibit the EPA from overriding a state’s regional haze plan if the state has adopted a regional implementation plan that considers the factors identified in the Clean Air Act; the EPA fails to demonstrate utilizing the best available science will result in a measurable improvement in the relevant areas.

The federal plan would result in an economic cost to the state or to the private sector of greater than $100,000,000 in any fiscal year or $300,000,000 in the aggregate.

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