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Rutledge Files Lawsuit Against EPA for Altering Regional Haze Rule


March 15, 2017

Says, ‘Regardless of who is in the White House or leading the EPA, it is my duty to protect Arkansans from federal overreach’

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over amendments that would significantly change the regulations governing regional haze and are inconsistent with the Clean Air Act.

“Regardless of who is in the White House or leading the EPA, it is my duty to protect Arkansans from federal overreach,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I called on the EPA last summer to fully consider the effects these amendments would have on ratepayers. Regrettably, the EPA chose a different path, which will increase costs and drastically reduce the role State officials have in establishing Arkansas’s approach to combatting regional haze.”

In August, Rutledge led a coalition of eight attorneys general in a letter to the EPA, urging officials to fully consider the effects and costs of the proposed amendments.

The lawsuit today is separate from Rutledge’s challenge to the EPA’s Federal Implementation Plan for regional haze in Arkansas, which was filed in November. Last month, Rutledge filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit to stay the plan.

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