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North Dakota Joins Other States in a Lawsuit Against the EPA

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North Dakota  joined eleven other states in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says it stems from concerns that the EPA is involved in so-called "Sue and Settle" strategies, where an agency enters into a settlement with environmental groups that have sued them without notifying the states impacted by the agreement.

Stenehjem says he and the other Attorney Generals believe the agency has been involved in at least 45 such cases, some of which have affected North Dakota.

Stenehjem says he and others were denied a records request when they asked for documentation, which is what they hope to get from the lawsuit.

"Our hope is that the EPA, who continues to say that they want to cooperate with the state, realizes that cooperation is a two-way street. It doesn't mean just that we cooperate with them. That maybe at some point it would be useful if they would learn how to cooperate with us ,and simply do what it is their own website says, which is to operate in the sunshine," says ND Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.

Some of the other states involved in the lawsuit are Oklahoma, Arizona, Alabama, Texas and Utah.

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