The final Cross-State Air Pollution Rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency this summer will require 27 states, including Texas, to reduce power plant emissions that cross into neighboring states. The goal of the new rule is to dramatically cut our emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO {-2}) and nitrogen oxides (NOx).

According to the EPA, which eased the rules just last week to allow more time for compliance, companies will have until January 2014 to find effective ways to reduce SO {-2} and NOx emissions — ingredients in smog and ground-level ozone — or face federal sanctions.

Read more at Fort Worth Star-Telegram.