Air pollution rules prompt N.D., federal regs tussleNorth Dakota health officials are fighting with federal regulators about air pollution rules, and the dispute is headed for court.
By: Associated Press,
BISMARCK — North Dakota health officials are fighting with federal regulators about air pollution rules, and the dispute is headed for court.
State Health Department administrator Dave Glatt says the argument is about nitrogen oxide pollution that affects the view in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota.
Glatt told a North Dakota legislative committee on Tuesday that the state favors controls that would reduce so-called regional haze by about 50 percent.
The Environmental Protection Agency favors a 90 percent reduction. Glatt says the federal agency's favored technology is much more expensive and may not work. He says even if it did work, people wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
Glatt says the issue is headed to court. The dispute affects two power plants in western North Dakota.
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