Alabama Power asks court to block EPA standards

Alabama Power Co., a subsidiary of Southern Co., is asking a federal appeals panel to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from reinstating a tougher air quality standard for the state through Clean Air Act regulations.

According to the Associated Press, the Alabama Power Co. said in a filing to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta that the change is "arbitrary and capricious" and will burden the company, which runs 14 power plants that would be subject to the new rules.

The EPA's decision would limit the amount of pollution emitted from 19 Alabama industrial sites, including power plants, pulp and paper mills and chemical plants. The restrictions had been loosened in 2008, but were reinstated after regulators determined it did not comply with the Clean Air Act.

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