Environment
9:04 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Pruitt Takes Oklahoma EPA Fight To Capitol Hill

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is expected to testify before a congressional committee in Washington.

Okla. Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Credit U.S. House of Representatives / UStream

Pruitt will discuss energy and environmental issues on Thursday with members of a U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Power. The panel is overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed new greenhouse gas rules that affect electricity generation.

Oklahoma's first-term Republican attorney general is expected to discuss his lawsuit against the EPA over that agency's rules regarding regional haze. Pruitt contends the agency exceeded its authority when it denied Oklahoma's plan to address haze that affected visibility in state wildlife areas.

Oklahoma utility officials have said the new haze requirements are expected to lead to higher electric rates because of the investment that will be needed for coal-fired plants.

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