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Inhofe: EPA Overreaches in Oklahoma

Agency Launches an ‘Attack on Affordable Electricity’ for State Consumers

Washington, D.C.--Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today criticized the Environmental Protection Agency for rejecting Oklahoma’s State Implementation Plan for Regional Haze and moving forward with a federal plan.

“State officials in Oklahoma did the right thing: they worked with state utilities to devise a plan that will continue progress in cleaning the air while ensuring affordable, reliable electricity for consumers," Senator Inhofe said.  "But that was too much for the Obama EPA, which rejected the Oklahoma-led plan in favor of their preferred scheme to put Washington bureaucrats in charge and, ultimately, to make fossil-fuel-based electricity more expensive for consumers.

“Oklahoma’s consumers, including families, farmers, and manufacturers, will bear the brunt of this regulatory power grab.  Through my leadership position on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, I will do everything I can to work with Oklahoma officials to protect consumers from EPA’s attack on affordable electricity.”