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North Dakota pauses creation of emissions compliance plan

Posted October 15

— A North Dakota health department official says it's unlikely the state will develop a compliance plan to meet federal emissions rules for at least a couple of years.

David Glatt, head of the department's environmental section, says the Environmental Protection Agency has strict emissions rules for North Dakota's new and existing power plants.

The Bismarck Tribune ( reports that the requirements call for the state to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 45 percent from where they were at in 2012 by 2030.

The state has filed federal lawsuits against the EPA over the rules, saying the federal agency has overstepped its authority in the Clean Air Act.

The department stopped working on a compliance plan when the U.S. Supreme Court halted implementation of the rules earlier this year until court challenges are finished.

"We're probably looking at . probably another two years," Glatt said of the legal process, adding that he believes some sort of reduced-carbon plan will ultimately be required.

It was better to see how things play out in court rather than develop a plan that may have to be scrapped, Glatt said earlier this year.

He told the committee this week that the state has reduced emissions by more than 11 percent from 2005 to 2014.


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