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Bondi joins lawsuit challenging EPA rule on interstate air pollution

Attorney General Pam Bondi joined a Nebraska lawsuit Friday that challenges an Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring 27 states to reduce power plant emissions that lead to air pollution in other states.

The EPA finalized the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule on July 6, replacing a similarly named 2005 policy. It goes into effect in January barring action by the courts. Republicans in Congress have made reducing environmental regulations a priority recently, saying they kill jobs.

State leaders argue the rule is unrealistic and creates a headache for states and businesses strained by tight budgets. Bondi is concerned the rule does not give states the chance to reduce emissions on their own, uses "questionable methodologies and modeling" in assesing how other states are affected by interstate air pollution, and disproportionately affects Florida.

"Once again the EPA has imposed costly regulations on Florida based on a flawed process and without first working cooperatively with our state," Bondi said in a statement. "We will continue to protect Florida consumers and businesses from unnecessary and costly federal regulation."

Nebraska and Florida are joined on the petition for review by five states: Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Virginia. The lawsuit is filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. Kansas filed its own lawsuit earlier this week.

To comply with the rule, Nebraskan power producers would need to retrofit coal plants to control 1 percent of emissions that travel upwind to Wisonsin, according to a news release from the state's Attorney General's office.

Nebraska officials claimed implementing the policy would cost two state utilities more than $60 million. Those costs would likely lead to higher utility bills for Nebraska energy consumers, especially those in agriculture.

The news comes on the heels of Tampa Bay being named the second smoggiest metropolitan area in Florida, trailing Pensacola, according to a Friday St. Petersburg Times story.

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Tally Folly

Florida is one of the states with the worst air pollution in the Country.
Instead of protecting Floridians Biondi is pandering to polluters and industries in their effort to make money oat the expense of Floridian's Health.
More evidence that the RPOF has little regard for its citizens when they conflict with the interests of the business of their campaign contributors.
Despicable.

can you hear me now?

All Bondi is doing is paying back those who paid for her campaign, her living expenses and her certain future as a Republican candidate for any office she may wish to pursue. Protecting the health and welfare of the people of this state are far down her list of priorities since being lifted from obscurity to the office of Attorney General without any real qualifications other than her guaranteed subservience to her financial masters. This has become par for the course for virtually all the Republican office holders in Florida and elsewhere. No one wants to buy a Democrat whether they are for sale or not. A bad investment in these times.

David Kearns

Check on missing emails and possible Sunshine Law violation?
"sorry not my department."
Check on voting irregularities in Hillsborough?
"Nope, not that either, sorry."
Help fight the EPA in a Nebraska lawsuit?
"Yep! all over it!"
Prevent the former corrections chief from testifying!
"YOU KNOW IT!"

They call this selective law enforcement.

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