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As the EPA disburses roughly $50 million for air quality monitoring to hundreds of local governments across the country, North Dakota won’t be receiving any funding as the state’s air quality is already high.
The EPA enforces a summertime ban on E15 over concerns it contributes to smog in hot weather, though research has since shown the 15% blend may not increase smog relative to the more common E10 sold year-round.
The City of Dickinson declared Oct. 5 as Arbor Day and planted an elm tree in memory of Vernon Quam, who passed away last year.
Sarena Selbo, a graduate of Fargo South High School and the University of North Dakota, will soon be chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System in Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and the Pacific Islands, which include American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
North Dakota is half-way toward its goal of eliminating human-caused sources of haze by 2064. Additional controls wouldn't make a perceptible difference or justify the cost, officials said.
The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality will launch a pilot project to test paying landowners for results, as opposed to simply paying for conservation projects with the assumption they benefit water quality.

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Monday the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality cautioned that the water in Patterson Lake and Lake Tschida may contain blue-green algae that can be harmful to humans.
A Gladstone woman launched a novel candle making business during the height of the pandemic, after being laid-off from the oil field. The business is making substantial progress and has quickly become a shining light in the rural Stark County hamlet.
The Supreme Court has not said that abortion is illegal. The court has said that Americans can set abortion policy for themselves through elections and legislative acts. The Supreme Court has not said that the EPA can never regulate carbon emissions, only that Congress didn't give that federal agency the authority to do what it was doing.

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