WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a victory for energy producers, the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed relaxing air pollution rules to make it easier for utilities to upgrade and expand their coal-burning power plants.
EPA's long-awaited announcement on the "New Source Review" requirements of the Clean Air Act touched one of the most contentious air pollution issues facing the Bush administration. It would ease some of the most stringent measures that environmental groups say are a key element in forcing dirty, older plants to cut emissions by up to 95 percent.
Environmentalists have maintained that the current regulations, pressed in lawsuits filed by the Clinton administration, ensure that utilities install additional pollution controls when they modernize or expand the plants to produce more electricity.
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