Costello Urges Delay of EPA Regional Haze Mandates (OKDOL)
Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello sent a request to the Oklahoma Department of Environment Quality urging them to delay the approval process of regional haze implementation plans for AEP/PSO service territory.
“Should this EPA mandated policy be implemented in our state, I have serious concerns about the negative impact on Oklahoma’s wage earners. I take seriously my duty to advocate the interests of wage earners and the businesses that employ them,” stated Commissioner Costello.
“This EPA mandate, according to estimates, could increase utility rates by 12% or more – that is a lot of money for families in our state. Economic growth for business would also suffer under a significant increase in their utility bills. There is no urgent need for the state of Oklahoma to rush into embracing a policy based solely on EPA demands. This issue needs to be fully ‘vetted’ by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission,” stated Costello.
“I cannot in good conscience as a public official, and specifically as the constitutionally elected advocate of all wage-earners in our state, let this pass without comment. I am asking you to delay any decision until we know the full-economic impact, specifically on wage-earners in our state,” concluded Costello.