BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s congressional delegation says the federal Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed its earlier approval of North Dakota’s plan to address haze caused by coal-fired power plants.
The EPA in 2012 agreed with the position of the North Dakota Health Department that power plants at Center and Stanton could use less-expensive technology to reduce haze that could affect Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota.
Environmental groups appealed the decision, saying the plants should be forced to use the best-available technology.
U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Kevin Cramer say they’re pleased with the EPA decision to reaffirm approval of North Dakota’s plan rather than enforce a more costly one-size-fits-all federal plan.
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