Energy: Confrontation in Ohio

Carrying hand-lettered placards of protest, nearly 3,000 residents of an Ohio Valley coal-mining area pressed into a hotel ballroom in the town of St. Clairsville in a concerned and angry mood last week. The subject of the meeting, set up by the Environmental Protection Agency: an antipollution rule that has caused a classic conflict involving the competing needs for clean air, jobs and profits.

Ohio has a problem with sulfur dioxide air pollution, and the EPA has ordered its utilities to meet strict limits on smokestack emissions. But to burn Ohio's high-sulfur coal, say...

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