PSC To Sue EPA Over “Cross-State Air Pollution Rule”
Last week, the Public Service Commission unanimously agreed to file suit against the Environmental Protection Agency over their cross-state air pollution rule.
Here is a description of the rule: “(It) will require Mississippi utility companies to limit their nitric oxide emissions even further and even sooner, or face possible criminal penalties if the companies violate the rule knowingly or willingly. Under the new rule, Mississippi utility companies must now reduce their emission by May 2012, moved up from 2014…Options for the utility companies include reducing emissions by upgrading equipment, purchasing credits or shutting down electric generating plants completely.”
As I said, the decision by the three-member PSC was unanimous. The motion was filed by Southern District Commissioner Leonard Bentz and seconded by Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley, whose race we have talked about a good bit. Presley, a Democrat, sent out a press release announcing this decision to challenge the EPA yesterday.
Few agencies in Washington are as beloved by liberals as the EPA. They take any challenge to the agency personally and will fight tooth and nail to defend it, and will then go off on how any opponents of the agency don’t want clean drinking water, love polluters, etc. Again, Presley knows which side he needs to be on.
As for the races in the Southern and Central districts, we haven’t spent much time on them. Bentz, who fended off a primary challenge from Travis Rose, faces a general election rematch from 2007 with Democrat Mike Collier. Bentz won that contest 56-44 four years ago. Running as a Republican for the first time, Central District Commissioner Lynn Posey faces Addie Green, who defeated Bruce Burton in the Democratic primary. Both Republicans should be good in November.