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Appeals court refuses to reconsider haze ruling

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. may have to install expensive scrubber technology to reduce emissions from its coal plants after losing out on its latest bid to escape a federal plan to improve visibility.
BY JAY F. MARKS Business Writer Published: November 1, 2013

Oklahoma and its largest electricity provider on Thursday lost another bid to avoid the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plan to reduce haze.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver refused to revisit a three-judge panel's July 19 decision in favor of the government's plan.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. contends the ruling means it will be forced to install expensive scrubbers to reduce emissions from its coal-fired power plants.

“We're very disappointed for our customers,” OG&E spokesman Paul Renfrow said. “While we continue to weigh our legal options, including an appeal to the Supreme Court, the 10th Circuit's decision makes it increasingly likely that our customers will be paying higher rates on their electric bills because of the sizable investment needed to meet the regional haze requirements mandated by the EPA's plan.”

OG&E and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt have been fighting for the state's regional haze plan, which was rejected by the EPA.

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