Rutledge Praises EPA’s Approval of Arkansas State Implementation Plan
January 29, 2018
Says, ‘the state plan brings power back to Arkansans’
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement today regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of revisions to the Arkansas Regional Haze State Implementation Plan.
“I am pleased the EPA is doing what is right for Arkansas,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Under the Obama Administration, the EPA ignored the visibility improvements made by the State of Arkansas and imposed the Federal Implementation Plan, placing expensive regulations on Arkansans to accomplish imperceptible environmental benefit. The state plan gives power back to Arkansas to provide the best plan for the Natural State.”
Rutledge filed litigation in November 2016 against the EPA’s federal plan. Instead of working with the State, the EPA published its proposed Federal Implementation Plan for Arkansas in April 2015 and solicited feedback. Attorney General Rutledge, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and a number of industries, institutions and facilities impacted by the proposed plan provided comments during this time. Despite the comments urging the EPA to withdraw the plan, the final plan was signed in August. Approval of the State Implementation Plan replaces the overreaching Federal Implementation Plan.