BY ROBERT BOCZKIEWICZ World Correspondent
Thursday, March 07, 2013
DENVER – An appeals court heard conflicting claims Wednesday on whether the federal government illegally imposed a plan for controlling the amount of pollutants emitted by two Oklahoma power plants.
The case pits Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma Gas & Electric and industries that are big users of electricity against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental group Sierra Club.
The coal-burning plants, near Pawnee and Muskogee, emit large amounts of hazardous pollutants that cause haze and damage air quality in a multistate region.
The emissions are subject to EPA regulations for haze and other types of pollution under the federal Clean Air Act.