- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two Arkansas legislative committees have approved a non-binding resolution opposing a proposed federal rule to lessen carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1us8zo0 ) that both the House and Senate Insurance and Commerce Committees approved the resolution with no members opposed.

Witnesses told lawmakers the rule would lead to increased energy bills, hurt the Arkansas economy and probably force a couple of the state’s five coal-powered plants to close.

Democratic Rep. Joe Jett of Success says it’s a bipartisan way of telling the Environmental Protection Agency that committee members think it has overreached its authority with the new rule.

The director of the State Department of Environmental Quality says the federal agency has made clear that the state can use any of four available methods to cut emissions 44 percent by 2030.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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