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September 19, 2018
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AEP evaluates impact of Supreme Court ruling
(WOUB) - American Electric Power and other utilities will have to abide by a federal initiative aimed at forcing utilities to clean up emissions from aging coal-fired power plants.

The initiative got a boost from the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday when, in a unanimous decision, the justices ruled against Duke Energy Corporation in a lawsuit brought by the Clinton administration.

The lawsuit was part of a massive enforcement effort targeting more than a dozen utilities.

Most companies have settled with the government, but AEP still faces a possible multi-million dollar suit because of their plant modifications done without a permit.

AEP spokesman Pat Hemlepp says they are disappointed with the decision and are evaluating the impact it will have on their existing case.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, AEP will now be pressured to reach a settlement with the federal government.

The enforcement program is aimed at reducing power plant emissions of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide that contribute to smog and acid rain.
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