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Department Of Health Reacts To Clean Air Plan

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Like several other agencies, the North Dakota Department of Health is reviewing and dissecting the Environmental Protection Agency's clean air plan. The department says that while there is work to be done on reducing emissions, North Dakota has seen improvement since 2005.

The proposed rule calls for states to cut their carbon emissions from fossil fuel burning power plants like coal. The plan sets the standard of reducing carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030. The EPA used air data from 2005 as a benchmark, and the state has reduced emissions since that year.

"North Dakota is well on the way in 2013. We are at 10 percent below what we were in 2005, but we've still got a ways to go. How we're going to do that, there's a number of ways to do that put controls on you can put in renewable power such as wind and great efforts have been made along those lines as well."

O'Claire says the department will be submitting comments to the EPA during the 120 day comment period. If the rule is finalized, the department will play a lead role in developing the plan for North Dakota to meet the emission standards.

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