Clean-air goal is good; timetable rushed

The Environmental Protection Agency’s goal of reducing the pollution that blows from one state to another is good. But it overstepped its authority with its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, a U.S. appeals court decided Tuesday. The timetable for implementing the rule also seemed too fast and could have forced some energy companies to shut down power plants or triggered rolling blackouts. There was also some confusion about how the mandate would work. Westar Energy officials told The Eagle editorial board last year that they were already reducing pollution but would have trouble meeting the EPA’s timeline. Kansas delegation members were adamantly opposed to the rule and to the EPA.  “I am pleased the court identified the EPA as exactly what it is – an overreaching and out-of-control bureaucracy, intent on forcing President Obama’s green agenda upon Americans,” Rep. Mike Pompeo said in a statement.