WASHINGTON -- Two tax-exempt bond provisions in the pending energy bill no longer appear to be in danger of removal from the legislation, congressional aides said yesterday.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell, D-Mich., appears to have agreed to let the two provisions remain in the bill, the aides said. One provision would encourage an increase in bank purchases of tax-exempt bonds, while another could cause nuclear decommissioning trust funds to stop buying municipals.

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