Red River air rivalry has Oklahoma and Texas battling over air quality and coal plants

The approval of about a dozen new coal-fired power plants in Texas has Oklahoma officials and environmental groups worried about the effects on the Sooner State’s air quality.

BY MICHAEL BAKER Published: December 25, 2010
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This Oklahoma-Texas rivalry — with a bit of Nebraska mixed in — has to do with what blows across the Red River.

Texas environmental regulators earlier this month awarded air permits to an Omaha, Neb., developer of a cleaner coal-fired power plant, allowing construction to begin on a facility near Sweetwater in west Texas.

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