By Jacksonville Business Journal

JEA is among the local power companies supporting the stateâ¿¿s challenge of federal air pollution rules, a spokeswoman said this morning.

⿿We are supporting the initiative through the Florida Coordinating Group and American Public Power Association,⿝ spokeswoman Gerri Boyce wrote in an email. ⿿There are numerous issues with the initiative, including the use of old data for modeling and the amount of time until the ruling goes into effect.⿝

WUSF in Tampa reported Tuesday that state Attorney General Pam Bondi has joined 24 other states in challenging proposed federal air pollution standards.

The federal EPA was set to enact its first-ever national standards for mercury emissions from coal and oil-fired power plants, according to WUSF. Floridaâ¿¿s generators would have had to reduce their emissions of nitrogen oxides, or ozone. Long-term exposure to ozone has been shown to increase respiratory illnesses and deaths.

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