Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
has added another front to her effort to prevent the EPA from cleaning up haze that affects pristine areas of Arkansas such as the Buffalo National River and national forests.
She has sued the EPA over its rules governing regional haze. She contends they are inconsistent with the Clean Air Act. Rutledge already was fighting the EPA implementation of the rules in court.
Rutledge contends the rules harm ratepayers because they require a reduction of polluting emissions by coal-burning power plants. Some utilities are already making cleanup efforts. Some are changing from coal to cheaper gas.
Glen Hooks of the Arkansas Sierra Club responded:
"The Natural State's own Attorney General is proudly fighting efforts to clean up air in Arkansas parks. We are officially through the looking glass.
"Attorney General Rutledge is doing her dead-level best to model the fiercely anti-environmental behavior of President Trump. Unfortunately, her efforts come at a steep price: dirtier air for Arkansans.
"The Sierra Club calls on Rutledge to sideline her efforts to derail clean air protections and, instead, stand up for the health and safety of the Arkansans she has sworn to serve."