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Jan. 2, 2012WESTON, MO |  By: Wayman

New Plant Regulations

Weston area residents could benefit from first-ever national air standards for pollution from power plants.

Two of KCP&L's largest plants are located at Iatan, just north of Weston. The new rule comes from the US Environmental Protection Agency and will reduce emissions like mercury and arsenic. EPA regional administrator Karl Brooks in Kansas City says the health savings will far outweigh the cost of compliance.

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At least one Missouri power company, Ameren, says installing new pollution controls at its plants will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, a cost it says will eventually drive up rates to consumers.