by Max Brantley
"The EPA's strong haze reduction plan is fantastic for Arkansas. The plan not only increases visibility for Arkansans who enjoy our parks, but specifically does it by cleaning up our state's dirtiest coal-fired power plants. Entergy now has a big decision to make—charge billions of dollars to Arkansas ratepayers to prop up its aging power plants, or transition these dirty plants toward retirement. The Sierra Club urges Entergy to immediately begin planning for retiring White Bluff and Independence while working toward continuing to build clean, renewable energy jobs in Arkansas.”More developments are likely, particularly as Entergy decides its course of action on the Independence plant. But for now, no challenges exist to the EPA plan for Arkansas.
“The EPA refuses to acknowledge the visibility improvements by the State of Arkansas and has chosen to blatantly discount my comments on this proposal and those of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Rather than approving Arkansas’s State Implementation Plan, the EPA has chosen to force on Arkansans a plan that will costs millions and bring about little environmental benefit. Arkansas submitted a plan that fully complied with the Regional Haze Rule, but the EPA wanted to impose another federal directive that goes well beyond the rule requirements and ignores what is in the best interest of our State. I am fully prepared to take legal action against this unnecessary proposal to prevent it from harming Arkansans.”