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ND air quality receives ‘A’ grade

May 18, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

The Peace Garden State continues to receive high marks for air quality, despite dust issues plaguing the western part of the state. “North Dakota is one of a handful of states that meet all clean air standards,” Jim Semerad, North Dakota Department of Health’s Division of Air Quality Permitting and Compliance manager. “Newer air quality regulations that are in place and enforced and our low population all play into it.” Continue Reading

Hyperion wants fast action on high court hearing

July 23, 2012 in The Daily Republic

SIOUX FALLS (AP) A company planning a $10 billion oil refinery in southeastern South Dakota has asked the state Supreme Court to expedite a hearing on an air-quality permit. Continue Reading

Report: Regional air quality receives ‘A’ grade

April 25, 2012 in The Dickinson Press

Of the eight counties in the state monitored for air quality, the American Lung Association gave three counties in the region an ‘A,’ according to a report released Wednesday. Continue Reading

OUR OPINION: Too much cost, too little impact on N.D. haze

October 15, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota’s air quality, already America’s best, doesn’t require the EPA’s heavy hand.
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Mac McLennan, Grand Forks, column: EPA haze rule makes no sense for region

October 8, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Consumers in our region enjoy some of the cleanest air in the country and are paying for about $425 million in environmental upgrades installed in the past few years. Does it really make sense to require huge additional investments for visibility improvement that, even if it did work, would be imperceptible to the human eye? Continue Reading

Agencies work together to set air quality guidelines

August 20, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

While those in the oil and gas industry used to have to go to a number of agencies to get permits for oil and gas activities on federal lands and were often told to do different things, now there will one set of recommendations and clearer communication of what an air quality analysis is and what will be the criteria used. Continue Reading

EPA clamps down on smokestack pollution spoiling air downwind

July 7, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota subject to rule; North Dakota is notEPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced today a plan to reduce smokestack pollution causing smog and soot in downwind states where it combines with local air contaminants, making it impossible for those states to meet air quality standards on their own. Continue Reading

Final MPCA hearing denies Excel Dairy’s permit effort

December 16, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Citizens Advisory Board has unanimously denied an appeal of its earlier decision not to reissue a permit to the rural Thief River Falls dairy, which was declared a public health hazard in 2008. Continue Reading

Ozone rules could cost Minnesota

December 13, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

Depending on how low the new standard goes, Minnesota could be affected, with residents, agencies and businesses forced to spend millions of dollars on measures to improve air quality even further. Continue Reading

MPCA fines incinerator for violation

December 7, 2010 in Alexandria Echo Press

Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management (PDSWM) along with 63 other facilities around the state were penalized by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Continue Reading