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Thune Leads Bipartisan Group in Denouncing Costly EPA Mandate

Wahington D.C. (KELO AM) - Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy expressing opposition to the agency’s recently announced federal implementation plan in Wyoming under the Clean Air Act’s Regional Haze Program. This mandate will negatively impact South Dakota ratepayers due to the exceptionally high cost of the required technology, while achieving very limited visibility improvements.

“The state of Wyoming’s plan adequately addresses regional haze and visibility issues at a reasonable cost, yet the EPA is now circumventing the state and trying to mandate unnecessary technology that is estimated to cost more than $1 billion in capital costs and millions of dollars more in annual operating costs,” said Thune. “South Dakota ratepayers will be left footing the bill for higher electricity rates with no noticeable improvement in visibility.”

Thune was joined by Senators Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), and Representatives Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) in his letter.

To read the letter go to: http://www.thune.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=0a44d67e-7cee-4c0b-93cf-370d52cfc69f