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SANTA FE — A Senate panel has approved legislation that would prevent New Mexico regulators from adopting greenhouse gas emissions rules that are more stringent than those adopted by the federal government.
The Senate Conservation Committee approved the bill Tuesday on a 5-1 vote.
The measure would prevent the state Environmental Improvement Board or local boards from adopting more stringent rules for reporting, verifying, capping or trading greenhouse gas emissions.
The Environmental Improvement Board passed a pair of much-debated greenhouse gas regulations last year aimed at curbing emissions from coal-fired power plants, refineries and other large polluters. Critics of the regulations have sought to have them overturned. Executive Director of Conservation Voters New Mexico Sandy Buffett said the legislation infringes on citizens’ rights to decide what’s best for their communities.
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