Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Presley Wins 2-1 Vote To Oppose New EPA Coal Rules That Tout Kemper Project as a Model for the Nation

News Release
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI (October 15, 2013)-Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley today won a 2-1 vote on the PSC to fight the Environmental Protection Agency's newest round of federal regulations aimed at the American coal industry and traditional coal power generation.
 
"The EPA just gets crazier and crazier. The good folks of Mississippi are eye-witnesses to what the EPA would love to shove down on the rest of the country through their unchecked federal power. The experimental Kemper Lignite Plant that the EPA anoints as their pet project and the reason for these new regulations, now costs nearly $5 Billion, making it the most expensive project in state history." Presley said. "Everyone I know rightfully wants clear air and clean water, as do I, but this time the EPA has gone off the charts."

"I am proud that our Commission took a stand against forces of the EPA who would kill American jobs and drive up every single Mississippians utility bills. My motion, which was supported by Chairman Lynn Posey (R-Union Church) authorizes the Commission's legal team to begin work immediately to oppose these new rules and authorizes them to file suit, if needed, to protect Mississippians." Presley added.