The coal industry in North Dakota warns that new EPA regulations could hurt the state’s economy and the power grid.
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The Environmental Protection Agency has announced emissions rules for power plants President Obama says are needed to protect the health of Americans.
But in North Dakota, where the rapid pace of oil development exists alongside what industry sources say is an 800-year supply of lignite coal, that argument doesn’t seem to match the facts on the ground.
The proposed EPA rules announced Monday would require power plants to cut emissions by 30 percent by 2030. They would be implemented in 2016 after a one-year public commenting period.