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.