U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa P. Jackson said reports that federal climate rules will hamstring South Carolina's small business community are wrong.
In an exclusive interview with The State newspaper on Sunday, Jackson said her agency will focus the nation's first greenhouse gas regulations on large industries that produce about 80 percent of the pollution linked to global warming. She labeled said that reports in South Carolina that the rules would apply to businesses like restaurants and apartment complexes were unfounded.
"Not while I'm head of the EPA," Jackson said before an environmental justice conference in Columbia. "I don't know where that comes from, except that people are rightly afraid of stuff they don't understand."
Jackson said "it doesn't make sense" that the EPA would place the burden on small businesses. "You go after the big folks. You don't start with the little ones," she said. "It wouldn't be in anybody's interests."
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