EPA Regulations Threaten Arizona Economy

Posted by Evan Tracey at 3:18 pm, February 21, 2013

Last month we mentioned a story regarding the Navajo Generating Station that stated that EPA regulations that would require adding new emissions controls to the plant would cost $1.1 billion and would only marginally reduce the plants portion of haze in the area.

It was reported yesterday that Arizona’s economy could soon be feeling the effects of higher electricity rates under regulations recently announced by the EPA, a group of state lawmakers were told on Monday.

According to the White Mountain Independent, “In a rare joint committee hearing chaired by Senator Gail Griffin (R-Hereford), members of the SenateGovernment and Environment Committee and the House Energy, Environment, andNatural Resources Committee, chaired by Representative Frank Pratt (R-Casa Grande) heard testimony from state air quality regulators, utility officials, a hospital executive, union representative, and the Director of the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency, all of whom agreed that new regulations announced by the EPA could have a significant, negative impact on Arizona’s economy and its ability to attract and create new jobs.”

“This is a non-partisan issue that has alarmed Republicans and Democrats alike,” Senator Griffin said. “Regardless of how one feels about the EPA, there is nothing logical about requiring Arizona residents to pay a billion dollars for regulations that make virtually no improvement in visibility and have nothing to do with public health.”

This is just further evidence that the EPA continues to ignore the damage that its new regulations are causing to the U.S. economy and to states that depend on coal for jobs and affordable electricity.


2 Responses to “EPA Regulations Threaten Arizona Economy”

  1. Tina says:

    I want the EPA to mind their darn business and leave us alone. We are tired
    of more and more regulations. You need to cut some of them as well as remove
    most of it. Don’t they have better things to do besides sitting around the table, or
    toilet and think of things to destroy our company. A group should be form to
    get rid of EPA stupid decisions. Leave us a lone.

  2. Mae Dawson says:

    If we don’t curb the EPA, the human species will become extinct.

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