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EPA proposes new power plant regulations that could allow more pollution

[JURIST] The Environmental Protection Agency [official website] proposed new regulations [EPA press release] on Thursday that could allow more pollution while power plants modernize. The proposal is aimed at the nation's 600 coal-burning power plants, which make up 55 percent of the energy generating capacity of the US. In June, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals rejected claims by 13 states [JURIST report] that this policy would violate the Clean Air Act [text], saying it was unclear if the proposal would actually lead to more pollution as environmentalists have asserted [JURIST report]. Those opposed to the new rules say the longer permitted operation hours and relaxation of requirements for installing pollution control devices will lead to an increase in pollutant output. AP has more.

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