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EPA head visits North Dakota at senator’s request

February 28, 2014 • Business


Carroll Dewing of The Coteau Properties Company makes a comment to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy during a coal-related discussion with industry leaders at Dakota Gasification Synfuels Plant in Beulah, N.D. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. McCarthy traveled to the state at the invitation of Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, who served as a member of the board of directors at the synthetic natural gas plant in Beulah until she was elected senator in 2012. (AP Photo/Kevin Cederstrom)

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency faced tough crowds Friday during stops in North Dakota, where coal and ethanol continue to be a big part of the oil-rich state’s energy mix.

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy met with the state’s congressional delegation and industry officials to address recent EPA proposals and regulations for coal-fired power plants, biofuels and corn-based ethanol.

“The EPA needs to work with us, not against us,” Republican U.S. Sen. John Hoeven told McCarthy at a meeting in Bismarck with renewable fuels officials and farm groups. “The best way for that to happen is for the administration to see what we do here.”

McCarthy met with Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Login to read more

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