- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case brought by Oklahoma’s largest utility challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to reduce emissions by two coal-fired electrical plants.

The high court decided on Tuesday not to review a decision by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year that rejected the challenge mounted by Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.

OG&E; had alleged the EPA’s regional haze rule is more stringent than the state’s proposed implementation plan and that implementing it would usurp state authority.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the ruling, claiming the EPA exceeded its authority.

OG&E; officials have said the federal plan will lead to an increase in utility rates for its customers.

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