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Minnesota Power to pay millions to settle Clean Air Act dispute

July 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota Power will pay a $1.4 million civil penalty and spend another $4.2 million on conservation and clean energy projects under a settlement agreement with state and federal regulators announced Wednesday.
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Judge supports Big Stone power plant haze reduction upgrade

November 11, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The upgrade would cut haze-forming pollutants, bringing the plant into compliance with regulations to protect wilderness areas and national parks, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Voyageurs National Park. Continue Reading

SD officials lobby against rule to curb pollution from power plants

October 17, 2011 in The Daily Republic

SIOUX FALLS (AP) South Dakota officials are lobbying hard against new federal regulations to curb mercury and other toxic pollution from coal-fired power plants. One of South Dakota’s two coal-fired plants would be affected.
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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

Minnesota House approves North Dakota electricity

May 11, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

No coal-fired power plants could be built in Minnesota, but electric cooperatives could buy from coal plants in other states under a bill Minnesota representatives approved 76-54 today. Continue Reading

EPA ramping up pressure on coal plants

March 24, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department is aggressively suing electric utilities across the Midwest to get them to install the latest technology to capture smog-causing emissions. The legal actions are the latest in a decades-long conflict over bringing utilities in line with the Clean Air Act. Continue Reading

Minnesota Senate votes to lift ban on building new nuclear power plants

February 2, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

No new Minnesota nuclear power plants are planned, but state senators overwhelmingly voted today to lift a 16-year-old moratorium on building one. Continue Reading&

Minnesota lawmakers debate restrictions on North Dakota-produced electricity

January 27, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota lawmakers are debating whether to continue restricting the use of North Dakota-produced electricity. <a href=””>Continue Reading</a>

Minnesota GOP hoping to lift 17-year ban on nuclear power plants

January 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

With new Republican majorities in both bodies, the legislation is expected to pass easily. Then its fate would be up to Gov. Mark Dayton, who has opposed the effort because there’s still no plan to deal with the highly radioactive nuclear waste generated at those plants. Continue Reading

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