- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Federal regulators are requiring new pollution controls at Utah’s oldest coal-fired power plants to reduce haze near national parks.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday that it would require new equipment to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions at Rocky Mountain Power’s Hunter and Huntington power plants in Emery County.

Environmental groups cheered the EPA’s decision, which the agency says would clear haze near eastern Utah’s Arches and Canyonlands national parks, in addition to other conservation and wilderness areas.

Rocky Mountain Power says it’s disappointed in the decision because it will cost about $700 million to make the changes - a cost that will be passed on to customers - without cutting emissions and improving visibility.

Rocky Mountain Power spokesman David Eskelsen says the company is evaluating its legal options.

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