Officials fear federal rules may weaken state-based climate programs

04/8/2010 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

New England officials are concerned that the compromise climate-and-energy bill being crafted in the U.S. Senate would undermine the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a market-based program to curb emissions from power plants in 10 northeastern and mid-Atlantic states. State environmental chiefs, attorneys general, and 14 senators wrote to the legislators crafting the bill, asking that states retain some authority to regulate greenhouse gases. Industry officials support legislation to override states on climate rules. "The solutions should be based on the national level so we can remain competitive [with foreign companies] and continue to drive our economy," said Michael P. Walls, vice president of regulatory affairs for the American Chemistry Council.

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