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Published April 26, 2011, 11:42 AM

ND to challenge EPA on plant haze program

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's Health Department says it will challenge a federal plan to take control of an air quality program in the state. The Environmental Protection Agency says it expects the challenge.

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's Health Department says it will challenge a federal plan to take control of an air quality program in the state. The Environmental Protection Agency says it expects the challenge.

EPA spokeswoman Monica Morales tells The Bismarck Tribune that the dispute is over how the state wants to meet federal regulations aimed at curbing pollution from coal-fired power plants and industrial sources to improve visibility at natural places such as Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota.

The EPA disagrees with the state plan for addressing nitrous oxide emissions at the Milton R. Young and Leland Olds plants. State Air Quality Chief Terry O'Clair says the federal plan will cost plant owners millions of dollars and force them to use technology

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