Environmental group sues EPA over Wyoming haze plan

2013-01-14T21:00:00Z 2013-06-05T20:13:15Z Environmental group sues EPA over Wyoming haze planBy JEREMY FUGLEBERG Star-Tribune business editor Casper Star-Tribune Online

An environmental group is challenging a federal haze management plan for Wyoming, claiming it’s not tough enough.

WildEarth Guardians filed the suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a federal appeals court in Denver on Friday over the agency’s plan to cut emissions from coal-fired power plants to reduce haze.

The EPA plan caps emissions at a rate Wyoming power plants can already beat, WildEarth Guardians says, making the plan a missed opportunity to further limit power plant emissions.

“EPA’s plan defies reality and defies what is necessary to safeguard our clean air,” WildEarth Guardians Climate and Energy Program Director Jeremy Nichols wrote in a news release. “We have an opportunity to make significantly more progress in restoring clear skies in the West. It’s disappointing that EPA squandered it.”

The EPA approved its haze management plan on Dec. 12, a move protested by Gov. Matt Mead and Wyoming’s congressional delegation, all of whom argued the federal plan was too strict, would cost too much money and wasn’t needed because the state already had its own plan.

An EPA spokesman in Denver said Monday the agency had received the petition and is reviewing it.

Reach Jeremy Fugleberg at 307-266-0623 or jeremy.fugleberg@trib.com. Read his blog at http://trib.com/news/opinion/blogs/boom/ and follow him on Twitter: @jerenergy.

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