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BRUSSELS, Sept 22 EU regulators cleared on
Thursday Swedish utility Vattenfall's sale of German
lignite power plants and coal mines to Czech energy group EPH
and private equity group PPF Investments in a deal that will see
it divest some of the most polluting fossil fuel.
The deal has whipped up controversy because the operations
are being sold to a new operator rather than closed down.
Environmentalists say lignite, the most carbon-intensive form of
coal, should no longer be burnt.
Vattenfall has said it will become one of the greenest
utilities in Europe and is also planning to sell another coal
asset in the next five years.
The European Commission said it had found the deal would not
adversely affect competition in the relevant markets.
(Reporting By Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Alissa de