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Senators Ask EPA For More Time

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North Dakota's U.S. senators are asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for more time to comment on proposed emission standards for coal burning power plants.

Heidi Heitkamp began the letter writing campaign, and was joined by John Hoeven and more than 40 other senators.

Earlier this year, the EPA issued a rule that would set limits on emissions for all future coal plants, but a rule that could impact existing plants is expected to be released sometime next week.

"This is an administration that's taken six years to even consider or get to the point of considering the Keystone Pipeline. I don't think it's asking too much when you're taking 40 percent of our generation capacity in this country to potentially upsetting it. I don't think 120 days is too much to ask," says Heitkamp.

The initial comment period for the latest set of rules is 60 days.

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