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Wis. utility says regulations could force job cuts

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Public Service Corp. says it may have to lay off 74 workers at its Green Bay and Rothschild power plants because of increasing regulatory costs.

   Utility spokesman Kerry Spees said Friday the utility is looking to cut costs tied to environmental regulations associated with running coal-fired power plants.

   He says there's not a specific regulation that's driving up costs. He says as plants get older, it's more expensive to modify them to meet new changes.

   He acknowledged it's possible that no workers are ultimately laid off. A Green Bay Press-Gazette report (http://gbpg.net/udHmtk ) says if there are layoffs, the utility has to give union workers 12 months' notice.

   Of the 74 job cuts, 58 would be from Green Bay's J.P. Pulliam Plant, and the other 16 from the Rothschild plant.

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   Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

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