State leaders decry EPA haze regulations

The EPA has been hurting the coal industry since 2009 with senseless regulations, said William Yeatman, assistant director of the Center for Energy & Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

The regional haze issue alone would result in a 15 percent increase in utility cost within three years, said state Attorney General Scott Pruitt. The cost for eight states, including Oklahoma, would be more than $2 billion, Yeatman said.