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North Carolina and EPA win in controlling emissions

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A federal appeals court upholds the power of the Environmental Protection Agency in controlling polluted emissions from power plants.

North Carolina and 15 other states and the District of Columbia supported the EPA in regulating air emissions that contain mercury, arsenic and other toxins.

Power companies and over 20 other states opposed.

The ruling was divided Tuesday among the judges.

It ruled the EPA could regulate these emissions not matter what the cost.

9 On Your Side went to the North Carolina Department Of Environment and Natural Resources for comment.

Division Of Air Quality Spokesperson Tom Mather says our state's had a big problem with mercury in our water.

He said North Carolina supported the EPA control considering a lot of mercury in our waters is coming from the global pool of power plants.

Challengers can still appeal to a higher circuit court or the Supreme Court.

No word yet if they will.
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