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Why Oklahoma’s Attorney General is Using Coal to Fight the EPA

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is no fan of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and filing lawsuits against the federal agency has become a signature of the state’s chief legal adviser. Pruitt on Aug. 21 said he would appeal the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that rejected Oklahoma’s authority to use its own regulatory [...]

Oklahoma’s Two Largest Electric Utilities on Different Paths for Coal Plants

Oklahoma Gas & Electric's coal-fired Sooner Plant in Red Rock, Okla.

Despite its reliability and low cost, running a coal-fired power plant is getting more challenging. New federal environmental regulations are forcing utilities to install expensive pollution-control upgrades, and coal is having to compete with the growth of natural gas and wind power. As we reported in June, the state’s two largest utilities — Oklahoma Gas [...]

Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Oklahoma and OG&E on Air Pollution Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to reject Oklahoma’s air pollution plan and impose stricter standards was upheld Friday by the U.S. 10th Circuit Court in Denver. “We conclude that the EPA has authority to review the state’s plan and that it lawfully exercised that authority in rejecting it and promulgating its own,” the appeals court [...]

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