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OKLAHOMA CITY- The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office has filed an appeal against a national ruling that would result in a jump in Oklahomans utility bills.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt requested a rehearing in the state’s Regional Haze case against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Regional Haze Rule requires agencies to work together to improve visibility at national parks and wilderness areas by 2064.

In response to the rule, Oklahoma created a plan that  met all the requirements by 2026 without imposing “unnecessary” rate hikes on Oklahoma utility companies.

However, the Environmental Protection Agency denied the state’s plan and implemented its own federal plan.

Officials estimated the federal plan would increase utility rates for Oklahomans by 13 percent to up to 20 percent over the span of three years.

Pruitt said, “Regional haze is about improving visibility, not about health. The Clean Air Act clearly gives states a primary role in implementing regulations to address regional haze. Oklahoma leaders crafted a commonsense plan to meet the goals of the Clean Air Act without imposing unnecessary rate hikes on Oklahomans. The EPA was wrong to ignore the Oklahoma plan and impose a federal plan.”