US settles historic environmental lawsuit

A US power company has pledged to slash its emissions of acid rain-causing gases in a groundbreaking legal settlement, reports said on Tuesday.
American Electric Power, one of the US's biggest coal-fired electricity producers, is to cut its emissions of sulphur dioxide and
nitrogen oxide at an estimated cost of more than US$4.6 billion, agencies said, citing the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The US government was quoted as saying the settlement would reduce respiratory diseases and ground pollution across the eastern US.
Resolving more than eight years of litigation, the company will also spend US$60 million on cleaning up the effects of its past pollution, and pay a US$15 million civil penalty.