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Fifteen States Press Obama for Tough, Flexible EPA Rules

Fifteen states that have taken steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are seeking assurances that their efforts will be recognized when the U.S. Environmental Protection agency issues new rules governing pollution from power plants.

In a petition delivered to the EPA today, officials from states including California, New York and Colorado say they want to make sure the agency recognizes their efforts as it crafts the federal rules, set to be released in June. The rules could force companies such as Southern Co., American Electric Power Co. and Duke Energy Corp. to shutter or idle aging coal plants.