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State coal industry protests EPA takeover

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 31st, 2013

WHEATLAND - The state of Wyoming finds itself at odds with federal authorities as it fights to keep control of its clean air program.

The Missouri Basin Power Project and Basin Electric Power Cooperative joined other organizations in forming Wyoming For Affordable Power, which in turn sparked "Stop EPA WY," a movement that protests the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) takeover of the state's clean air program as overseen by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

The point of contention for the state ad federal authorities is regional haze rules. The DEQ sent a plan to address haze, which calls for the reduction of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide coming from Wyoming power plants. The EPA disapproved the plan concerning nitrogen oxide and particulate matter, proposing instead a plan that would require power plants throughout the state to purchase additional emission control equipment.

For the complete article see the 07-31-2013 issue.

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