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EPA taking comments on ND air pollution matter

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BISMARCK -- The federal Environmental Protection Agency is taking written comments through June 17 on an appeal of North Dakota's regional haze plan approved last year.

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The EPA took testimony on the appeal during a pair of hearings in Bismarck on Wednesday.

The Sierra Club and other groups disagree with a decision in which the EPA agreed with the state position that two coal-fired power plants in the western part of the state could use less-expensive pollution control technology.

The Sierra Club says the less-expensive controls also are weaker, and that the plants should use the best-available technology.

State Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the issue has been settled after years of debate and the EPA should reject the appeal.

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