Local & Regional
7:03 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Oklahoma AG to Appeal Court Ruling on Regional Haze

OG & E coal fired plant at Muskogee
OG & E coal fired plant at Muskogee
Credit State Impact-Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says he will appeal the ruling a three-judge federal panel that rejected a challenge to the federal Environmental Protection Agency's regional haze rule.

Pruitt said Monday that he disagrees with the ruling and will ask for a hearing before the full appeals court in Denver.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled 2-1 in July that the EPA has the authority to implement its own plan to limit sulfur dioxide emissions. The ruling came in a lawsuit by Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company that alleged the EPA rule is more stringent than the state's proposed plan and that implementing it would usurp state authority.

The EPA denied Oklahoma's proposed plan to reduce emissions.

Oklahoma has until Sept. 3 to request a rehearing.