Posey says EPA rules still no good for Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi utility regulator has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider and put on hold air pollution restrictions that were recently revised.

Lynn Posey, chairman of the Public Service Commission, said Thursday in a letter to the EPA that while its decision this week to ease the restrictions was welcome, the revisions don’t go far enough. Posey argues the emission restrictions could lead to utilities producing less electricity.

The revisions “do not come close to alleviating the commission’s concerns for ratepayers and the reliability of our power grid,” Posey said in the letter.

The rule is designed to decrease smokestack emissions, mostly from coal-fired power plants, in 27 states, that contribute to unhealthy air downwind. The proposed fix to the cross-state pollution rule would allow 10 states, including Mississippi, to emit more smog-causing pollution than had initially been allowed.

AP
10/7/11