Local & Regional
Tue April 24, 2012
Agreement Reached on Oklahoma Air Quality Rules
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says the state has reached an agreement with Public Service Company of Oklahoma and the Environmental Protection Agency on federal air quality rules for PSO's two coal-fired power plants in Oologah.
The Attorney General's Office sued the EPA in May to allow more time for the state to craft a solution. The agreement allows PSO to comply with EPA rules while protecting Oklahoma consumers and ratepayers.
Under the agreement, PSO agrees to meet specified emission rates at both of the coal units, retire one unit in 2017, install emissions control equipment on the other unit in 2015 and retire the second unit in 2025 or 2026.
Fallin says the agreement provides certainty for PSO and its customers as well as real environmental benefits for all Oklahomans.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.