Farmington To Appeal Emissions Cap

Farmington, NM – Farmington city councilors have decided unanimously to clear the way for the city to appeal the state's recently approved plan for curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

The councilors had met privately with attorneys during a closed session last month and again briefly during Tuesday's work session to discuss the potential litigation.

It was up to the councilors to decide whether to authorize the city to file an appeal with the state Court of Appeals over a recent decision by the state Environmental Improvement Board to adopt new cap-and-trade regulations that would apply to power plants, refineries and other large polluters.

The city's electric utility has voiced concern about the regulations, saying they could mean rate increases for residential and commercial customers.

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