Oklahoma attorney general disputes EPA power plant emissions order

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.

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