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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma’s attorney general is asking the Supreme Court to consider a lower court decision that will force Oklahoma Gas and Electric to spend more than $1 billion to make two coal-powered plants in our state “greener.”

Those costs would eventually be passed on to electricity customers.

The Environmental Protection Agency rejected OG&E’s plan to reduce haze in the state which means the company would need to spend the big bucks to improve their Red Rock and Muskogee plants.

Now Attorney General Scott Pruitt is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review Oklahoma’s regional haze lawsuit against the EPA, claiming the EPA is exceeding its authority.

This conflict stems from the Clean Air Act which has new rules to improve visibility at National Parks and wilderness areas over the next few decades.

MORE: Read OG&E’s letter to customers on the regional haze rule