Alabama has joined twenty-four other states in filing an amicus brief in a lawsuit brought against the EPA to require delay of the imposition of the Utility MACT rule.  The Rule is expected to go into effect in early November and has the potential to cost the utility industry billions of dollars and could lead to the closure of plants and the loss of jobs, at a time when our state and nation can ill afford it.

From the Decatur Daily:

State Attorney General Luther Strange said today that Alabama has joined 24 other states and Guam in filing a brief in U.S. District Court in Washington to require the Environmental Protection Agency to delay air emissions regulations, claiming the new rule could damage Alabama jobs and electricity rates.

The EPA’s proposed Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology rule would create a new federal regulation to address emissions of hazardous air pollutants from coal and oil-fired power plants.

The proposed rule may require installation of new expensive control technologies to meet the new limits mandated by the EPA.

You can read more about the Utility MACT rule and its potential effect on the utility industry here and here.