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Mississippi Leaders Say State is Unfairly Targeted by Carbon Dioxide Rule

U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, along with U.S. Representatives Bennie Thompson, Gregg Harper, Steven Palazzo and Trent Kelly have issued a strongly-worded letter to three federal agencies that asserts the proposed Clean Power Plan goals are prohibitively expensive and unattainable by Mississippi, despite significant investments to improve air quality in the state.

The congressional delegation letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) asks that they investigate whether carbon dioxide reduction goals associated with the Clean Power Plan are achievable at a reasonable cost, specifically for the state of Mississippi.

The letter reads in part:

“We believe Mississippi has been treated unfairly and disproportionately under the Clean Power Plan compared to the vast majority of states. EPA’s goal is so difficult that Mississippi would have the third largest carbon cost recovery index and the third highest marginal cost of carbon reduction, according to Fitch Ratings Analysis."

The letter concludes: 

“We encourage a review of the rule as applied to Mississippi. We urge you to ensure that a full, factual investigation has been done to demonstrate that carbon reduction goals are achievable at a reasonable cost.”

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