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12:54 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Review of Oklahoma Haze Rule

The OG&E plant at Muskogee
Credit State Impact-Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma utility company's attempt to challenge an Environmental Protection Agency regional haze rule regarding emissions at two coal-fired power plants has been rejected by a federal appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 Friday against Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.'s challenge. The court says the EPA has authority to review the state's plan to reduce haze in the state and lawfully implemented its own plan to limit sulfur dioxide emissions.

OG&E alleged the EPA rule is more stringent than the state's and that implementing it usurped state authority.

A spokesman for OG&E, Brian Alford, says complying with the EPA rule will require the state's largest utility to install $1.2 billion in equipment at coal plants at Ft. Gibson and Red Rock.associ