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Oklahoma attorney general challenges EPA's clean-air plan


A plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants would threaten the reliability and affordability of electricity and cause substantial economic injury to the state, Attorney General Scott Pruitt claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma seeks rate increase


Public Service Company of Oklahoma is asking for a 13.6 percent rate increase it says is needed to help comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mandates.

GAO looks at reliability impacts of changing power generation mix


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) on June 29 released a study provided a month before to members of Congress that looks at how the mix of energy sources for electricity generation has changed, and the growth in electricity consumption has slowed.

On the day after MATS decision, Bernstein sees only a limited reprieve for coal units


In light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), Bernstein is saying that the coal plant retirement bloodletting by 2020 won’t be quite as bad as previously forecast.

Pence says Indiana will not comply with coal plant regulations


Indiana will not comply with President Barack Obama's plan to battle climate change by requiring reductions in emissions from coal-fired power plants, Republican Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday.

After mercury ruling, higher scrutiny of Obama climate rules


Sweeping pollution limits at the center of President Barack Obama's climate change plan are facing increased scrutiny in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that showed that the justices aren't afraid to thwart perceived overreach by Obama or his Environmental Protection Agency.

Appalachian Power explains lack of more coal-to-gas conversions


The Appalachian Power Co. (APCo) unit of American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) told the West Virginia Public Service Commission on June 24 that it never did it a complete study on the costs of converting several recently-shut coal units to natural gas, but such conversions are generally too expensive and that this capacity isn't needed anyway.

Court rules against limits on power plant mercury emissions


A divided Supreme Court on Monday ruled against federal regulators' attempts to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

Proposed Md. smog regulations get an airing at hearing


Environmentalists are raising a stink about Maryland's approach to air pollution.

Wyoming carbon-capture lab planning moves ahead


Officials are studying researcher's requirements as they deliberate where a laboratory to test out carbon-capture technology at a Wyoming coal-fired power plant should be located.

Michigan utilities work to comply with air pollution rule


The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to release a decision this week about new mercury and toxic air emissions standards for power plants, but Michigan's utility companies have already been working toward compliance.

House votes to block Obama's climate plan amid veto threat


Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House approved a plan Wednesday to block a key element of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change.

New Mexico coal plant owners settle Clean Air Act violations


The owners of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation reached a settlement Wednesday with federal agencies over complaints they flouted rules for permits and violated the Clean Air Act, leading to expanded pollution control upgrades that will cost millions of dollars.

House GOP targets Obama climate plan for US power plants


Defying a White House veto threat, House Republicans moved forward Wednesday with a plan to block a key element of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting climate change.

Coal, industrial representatives tote up the Clean Power Plan costs for Senate panel


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, calling for 30% greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions by 2030 for existing power plants, would have huge cost impacts on both residential and industrial power consumers, said witnesses at a June 23 U.S. Senate hearing.

McConnell slips Clean Power Plan poison pill into Senate appropriations bill


U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced June 18 that he secured language in the Senate Interior Appropriations bill that would protect states from any consequences from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should they forego submitting a state plan for complying with the agency’s Clean Power Plan.

Pennsylvania seeks comment on air permit for Homer City power plant


The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has out for comment for 30 days from June 20 a draft air permit approval for the coal-fired Homer City power plant.

Report: Health benefits of controlling power plant wastewater pollution could top $300M


A report published Wednesday by a collective of health and environmental conservation organizations asserts that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has underestimated the monetary health benefits of controlling metal pollutants like arsenic, hexavalent chromium, lead, and mercury in the nation’s water sources.

Survey shows state air agencies fretting over NAAQS policy


Proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) changes to the 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone has many states worried, according to a just-released survey from Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA).

Court strikes down rules aiming to cut coal plant pollution


A federal appeals court has struck down pollution rules intended to reduce haze from coal that is burned in Montana to provide electricity for people in the Pacific Northwest.