U.S. Supreme Court considers clean air program, Maine noted

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U.S. Supreme Court considers clean air program, Maine noted

WASHINGTON - Environmental groups and the Bush administration defended a Clinton-era clean air program Wednesday in the Supreme Court, arguing that a power company must install costly pollution controls on its aging coal-fired plants.

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The case is being watched closely by Northeast states, which blame coal-fired plants for releasing thousands of tons of pollutants that are carried into the region. In Maine, an estimated 80 percent of the state's air pollution drifts in from elsewhere.

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