by Jeffrey Hess
Mississippi Public Broadcasting

The head of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality believes the state cannot meet ambitious new federal carbon pollution regulations. Some are calling on state lawmakers to resist following the new federal rules…

Former EPA official turned critic Dr. David Schnare also called on lawmakers to put on the brakes, saying it’s federal overreach of local control.

“Its very clear that the legislature needs to protect its own interest. It is the public utilities commission that decides what rates are going to be and what fuels are going to be used. It’s DEQ’s responsibility to decide what kind of permits need to be applied to a coal-fired or natural gas power plant. Those are things you don’t want to give up,” Schnare said.

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