Pollution Controls Could Cost Lincoln Utility $60 Million


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Electric customers in Lincoln could see a rate increase if their local utility and other owners of a coal-fired plant in Wyoming don't resolve federal pollution-control issues.

Wyoming officials had approved the project to improve air quality at nearby national parks, but the federal government rejected it. The partners have already spent $70 million on the $94 million plan.

Lincoln Electric System is one of six owners of the Laramie River Station in Wyoming. LES owns about 13 percent, and is responsible for 10 percent of maintenance costs.

An LES attorney and spokeswoman says LES might have to pay $60 million under a federal plan.

The plan is designed to improve air quality at Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Rocky Mountain national parks.

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