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Governor Parnell Fights New Federal EPA Rule


January 2, 2010, JUNEAu, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell has sent a letter to the Obama administration requesting that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) halt its effort to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Governor Parnell said the proposed regulatory regime would not achieve its objectives and have a detrimental effect on Alaska.

"The proposed rule would bury Alaska's businesses, institutions, and the state's environmental agencies in regulatory burden. We are unwilling to accept the vast paperwork and red tape mandated by the rule without an undeniable commensurate benefit. The administrative burden would immediately overwhelm our state permitting system, and associated legal proceedings could tax our court system."

Governor Parnell urged the EPA to delay action on what is called the Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Title V Greenhouse Gas Ta

"I will continue standing up against this unprecedented level of federal regulatory intrusion," Governor Parnell said. "This type of federal control threatens jobs and economic development opportunities for Alaskans."

A copy of the letter to EPA Administrator Jackson is available at: http://gov.state.ak.us/pdf/GreenhouseGasRule_Dec31-2009.pdf
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