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Updated Jan 31, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Arizona challenges EPA on power plant decision

PHOENIX — Arizona is challenging a federal decision that requires three
coal-fired power plants to upgrade pollution controls.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office asked a federal appeals court Thursday to
review the decision from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA partially approved Arizona air quality plan for the Cholla, Coronado
and Apache generating stations. But the agency said the state didn’t do enough
to limit nitrogen oxide emissions.

The EPA came up with new limits for most of the units and gave the plants’
operators five years to comply.

State Department of Environmental Quality Director Henry Darwin says Arizona
should be making decisions about what’s in the best interest of the state, not
the EPA.

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