EPA asks N.J. to reconsider leaving emissions pact

(AP) - Federal environmental regulators are urging Gov. Chris Christie to reconsider a decision to pull New Jersey from a 10-state greenhouse gas reduction program.

Christie announced withdrawal from the program Thursday.

Brendan Gilfillan, a spokesman for Environmental ProtectionAgency Administrator Lisa Jackson, says the program helps reduceair pollution, promotes clean energy and creates jobs.

Gilfillan says that "while we respect every governor'sprerogative to make policy decisions, this is a disappointing stepgiven New Jersey's legacy of leadership on environmental issues. Wehope the governor will reconsider."

The pact puts a price tag on pollution by requiring fossilfuel-burning power plants in the region to buy credits to cover thecarbon they emit. The money from the sale of the credits is meantto be used to pay for renewable energy initiatives.

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