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WPS agrees to $300 million in air pollution controls at coal-fired plants


MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Public Service is agreeing to pay $1.2 million civil penalties related to violations of the Clean Air Act. 

The U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency says WPS has also agreed to make substantial investments to reduce emissions from its Green Bay and Weston coal-fired plants. 

WPS will invest around $300 million in pollution controls and another $6 million in beneficial environmental projects. 

WPS allegedly failed to apply for federal air permits for improvement as far back as 1994. 

Under the agreement, WPS has until 2015 to permanently retire, refuel or repower some of the several units at the two plants. 

According to the EPA's website the total combined sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emission reductions secured from these settlements will exceed 2 million tons each year once all the required pollution controls have been installed and implemented.