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EPA says Montana city now meeting air pollution standards

EPA says Montana city now meeting air pollution standards

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reversing a 2013 finding that Montana’s largest city was out of compliance with air pollution standards, saying that the closure of a coal-burning power plant has eased the problem. The EPA said the closure has reduced emissions of sulfur dioxide to levels low enough to protect public health as required ...

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Judge in climate suit tells feds to re-examine coal mine

BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal officials must re-examine a 117 million-ton expansion of an eastern Montana coal mine after a judge sided with environmentalists who sued over the project’s potential to make climate change worse and cause other environmental damage. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters gave the Interior Department nine months to look again at the proposal for the Cloud Peak ...

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APNewsBreak: Deal averts Montana coal mine shutdown

BILLINGS, Mont. — A central Montana coal mine reached an agreement Monday with environmentalists and state regulators that is intended to avoid a major shutdown as a declining coal market leaves the future of some mining companies in doubt. The deal comes after a state review panel rejected an expansion permit granted to the Bull Mountain Mine in 2013, threatening ...

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Billings is trying to grow an economy that reflects local values

View above Billings, Montana. (Image: Wendy via Flickr)

In their own ways, Steve Arveschoug and Candi Millar are working to create a more thriving Billings. It’s the job of Arveschoug, executive director of Big Sky Economic Development, to help grow the local economy — everything from helping to lure businesses to Billings to strengthening existing businesses to striving to develop local workforce skills in a tight labor market. ...

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Decreasing oil prices felt at annual energy expo

The 2015 Energy Exposition kicked off in the MetraPark Expo Center on Wednesday, but attendance fell with this year’s oil prices. Expo founder Kit Jennings said the event peaked with about 325 vendors and about 5,000 attendees during better times in the event’s 16-year history. This year there’s about 90 booths and about 900 people came to the Energy Expo ...

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Judge overturns death penalty for Wyoming inmate

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A federal judge on Thursday overturned the death sentence of the lone inmate on Wyoming’s death row, saying his trial lawyers had failed to give jurors sufficient reason to spare his life. Lawyers handling the federal appeal of 69-year-old Dale Wayne Eaton didn’t dispute that he had killed 18-year-old Lisa Marie Kimmell of Billings, Montana. Instead, they ...

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10 reasons why one oil and gas conference is different than all the rest

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Dick Cheney’s voice rings through the air in a packed exposition center in Billings Montana, while the captivated audience of professional men and women look onward. They know they are a part of something big. Drilling activities have exploded across the United States and a modern day gold rush has begun. Vice President Cheney expands upon the need for strong ...

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