AUSTIN (AP) – Texas lawmakers have slammed the EPA over a new pollution rule they say will cause electricity shortages and cost hundreds of jobs. But it appears they are ignoring the agency’s attempts to work closely with energy providers to prevent problems.

The lawmakers reiterated at a committee meeting Tuesday accusations made by Gov. Rick Perry, a leading GOP presidential candidate. Perry says EPA regulations cost industry millions of dollars in a weak economy and could force them to cut jobs.

Texas’ largest energy provider, Luminant, announced Monday it would shut down generators and lay off 500 jobs to comply with a new set of rules that go into effect in January. The rules are aimed at cutting smog and acid-rain causing emissions in Texas and 26 other states.

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