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May 16, 2013

EPA’s Regional Haze Plan Leading to Higher Utilities in OK

Filed under: Events, Sustainable Development — Tags: , , , , , — oksafeinc @ 3:15 pm

OK-SAFE, Inc. -The EPA hates coal.  And it could cost Oklahoma’s PSO customers a 12-15% rate increase unless the public does something about it.

The Oklahoma Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will be conducting a public hearing on the EPA’s Regional Haze requirements and PSO’s coal-fired energy plants on Monday, May 20, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the 1st Floor Multipurpose Room of the DEQ headquarters, 707 North Robinson Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.  

A brief review of the EPA’s Regional Haze requirements (basically, aiming to end the use of coal-fired energy production and replace it with tax-subsidized “renewables”) shows they tie into the burgeoning Smart Grid scheme. But that’s another story.

EPA Regional Haze Map

See important details below about what you can do to prevent this rate increase in Oklahoma.

Forwarded message:

The unreliable science of Regional Haze mandates being pushed by the EPA and Sierra Club is starting to take hold in our great state of Oklahoma. For some reason the EPA thinks there is too much pollution in NE Oklahoma that hurts the view of the Wichita Wildlife Mountain Refuge….does that make sense, are they trying to fool us to just to impose their liberal agenda?   Attached is a PDF to explain the point even further.

Moreover, in Oklahoma we are in a battle to keep the EPA and Sierra club out of our state and to stop their over-reaching into our pockets.  Even more, these federal mandates have promoted the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality to form state regulations concerning regional haze that could affect consumer and business electric rates even more!

The simple fact is that if we as Oklahomans stand back, our rates will go up at least 12% in Public Service Company of Oklahoma territory (PSO-Oklahoma) in 2016 and up and up and up in the years following.  That is HUNDREDS of dollars for each and every Oklahoma family during these tough times – we cannot let unelected bureaucrats raise our rates and take money out of our pockets.

However, you can fight this power-grab by contacting the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality before their May 20th hearing on this topic and telling them you don’t want a rate increase in Oklahoma.

Written comments regarding the proposed revision should be emailed to Ms. Bradley
Cheryl.Bradley@deq.ok.gov

or mailed to:
Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division
P.O. Box 1677
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73101-1677
ATTN: Cheryl E. Bradley

Comments may be submitted by fax to the Air Quality Division
ATTN: Cheryl E. Bradley, at (405) 702-4101.

If you would like to attend the hearing, here is the information:
Monday, May 20, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the 1st Floor Multipurpose Room of the DEQ headquarters, 707 North Robinson Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

Full details below – following information below:
http://www.deq.state.ok.us/aqdnew/RulesAndPlanning/Regional_Haze_rev2013/Public%20Notice%20RH%20PSO%20Revision%20for%20web%20posting%20Final.pdf

http://newsok.com/epa-haze-plan-raises-costs/article/3692448

Sierra Club on the issue:
http://oklahoma2.sierraclub.org/content/sierra-club-applauds-northeastern-coal-plant-retirement-announcement

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3 Comments »

  1. […] Inc. –  [Update to our earlier post entitled EPA's Regional Haze Plan Leading to Higher Utilities in Oklahoma .  See that post for details on who to call and email as well as the location for the planned May […]

    Pingback by AG Pruitt Asks for Postponement of DEQ Hearing on EPA’s Regional Haze Plan — July 19, 2015 @ 9:13 pm

  2. […] Inc. –  [Update to our earlier post entitled EPA's Regional Haze Plan Leading to Higher Utilities in Oklahoma .  See that post for details on who to call and email as well as the location for the planned May […]

    Pingback by AG Pruitt Asks for Postponement of DEQ Hearing on EPA’s Regional Haze Plan | OK-SAFE, Inc. Blog — May 17, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

  3. I’m all for reducing smog and haze, lowering light pollution (so you can actually see the stars at night), and all that, but not because of legal mandates and regulations. We should promote free-market solutions to environmental problems.

    Comment by Standard Excellence — May 17, 2013 @ 4:40 pm


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