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Sat June 23, 2012

Court Blocks EPA Rules on Oklahoma Power Plants

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked enforcement of an Environmental Protection Agency plan that would reduce pollution from Oklahoma's coal-fired power plants.

The court on Friday granted a request by the Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. and others for a stay pending a review of the EPA's rule requiring the reduction of sulfur dioxide emissions at four electric generating units.

The EPA's plan is designed to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants and industrial sources to improve visibility at federally managed wilderness areas.

OG&E officials argued that installing anti-pollution equipment at its facilities would be costly.

Pruitt says the plan would raise utility rates for Oklahoma consumers, and he'll continue to challenge it to preserve Oklahoma stakeholders' ability to create a solution.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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