Okla. AG seeks review of Texas power plants

OKLAHOMA CITY - Attorney General Drew Edmondson wants the Environmental Protection Agency to review the process for permitting coal-fired power plants in Texas.

The attorney general said Friday he's concerned that pollution from power plants in the permitting process and others already under construction will affect air quality in Oklahoma.

Edmondson, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has sent a letter to EPA regional administrator Dr. Alfredo Armendariz. In it, the attorney general questions the number of proposed plants and the process used to permit them.

Edmondson says the agency hasn't adequately addressed the plants' potential impacts on Oklahoma air quality.

Six applications for new coal-fired plants were pending before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on April 1. The agency has already permitted seven other plants.