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EPA Proposes Reducing Pollution From Power Plants

The Obama administration proposed cutting air pollution from power plants owned by companies such as Duke Energy Corp., American Electric Power Co. and Southern Co. in 31 states from Massachusetts to Texas.

The rules aimed at curbing smog and acid rain, to take effect in 2012, revamp those issued by the Bush administration five years ago for pollution crossing state lines, the Environmental Protection Agency said today. A federal court rejected the prior regulations in 2008, saying the EPA sought to create an unlawful emissions-trading program.