Oklahoma AG Sought Delay in Regional Haze Hearing

May 19, 2013

The PSO coal-fired plant at Oolagah

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A hearing on a new plan by Tulsa-based utility Public Service Company of Oklahoma to deal with regional haze is to go forward, despite a request for a delay by Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

Pruitt asked the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality to put off the 1 p.m. Monday hearing in Oklahoma City, saying he had concerns about a revised state plan for limiting emissions.

The Oklahoman reports PSO gave an earlier estimate that projected the plan would result in an 11 percent rate increase to cover an expected $350 million in costs.

A group of industrial utility users says the plan is more expensive than a federal implementation plan to combat regional haze.

Pruitt says PSO's future power requirements could affect cost estimates.