OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Attorney General Drew Edmondson wants the
Environmental Protection Agency to review the process for
permitting coal-fired power plants in Texas.
The attorney general said Friday he's concerned that pollution
from power plants in the permitting process and others already
under construction will affect air quality in Oklahoma.
Edmondson, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has sent a
letter to EPA regional administrator Dr. Alfredo Armendariz. In it,
the attorney general questions the number of proposed plants and
the process used to permit them.
Edmondson says the agency hasn't adequately addressed the
plants' potential impacts on Oklahoma air quality.
Six applications for new coal-fired plants were pending before
the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on April 1. The
agency has already permitted seven other plants.