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New EPA Regulations Could Cap Carbon Emissions

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They may not be directly related to coal burning power plants, but the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new regulation on those plants could cause some changes for the Public Service Commission.

The PSC helps determine the rates for electricity, and are discussing the possible affects of the EPA regulations on energy prices for the state. The commission heard testimony from Representative Kevin Cramer, the head of the Lignite council, and various utilities and environmental groups. Last year the EPA held listening sessions in several states, but did not come to North Dakota.

"I'm grateful the PSC put this on, grateful that at least the regional administrator from the EPA showed up, but I'm still very discouraged  that the EPA to this point has not taken into account the testimony of real people that are affected by the changes, and affected by the rules that they're implementing," says Cramer.

If passed the EPA regulations would put a cap on carbon emissions for new coal burning power facilities.

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