Alaska Seeks to Block Emissions Control Rules by Suing Agencies

Alaska sued the Obama administration to block the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard from extending the North American Emissions Control Area to the state.

The regulations, set to be enforced Aug. 1, require marine cargo carriers and cruise lines to use costly and difficult-to-obtain low-sulfur fuel, Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty said in an e-mail yesterday. The rules will greatly increase shipping costs to Alaska and harm the state’s tourism industry, he said.

The state alleges the decision to include Alaska in the enforcement zone was based on flawed or incomplete data.

Marianne Holsman, an EPA spokeswoman, didn’t immediately return a voice-mail message seeking comment about the lawsuit left after regular business hours yesterday.

The case is Alaska v. Clinton, 12-142, U.S. District Court, District of Alaska (Anchorage).

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