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Why many states are panicked by the federal Clean Power Plan

The four huge power plants that stand smoking in Colstrip, Montana, don’t just employ hundreds of workers. They pay property taxes that allow the city of some 2,000 people to afford services other remote, rural communities lack, such as a parks and recreation department. The electricity-generating plants consume almost all the coal mined at the Rosebud Mine, the second largest ...

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Supreme Court denies DNR appeal on Houston County mine

HOUSTON — A Department of Natural Resources decision on a Houston County mining operation was struck down in a final blow by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Last year, the DNR told mine owners Tracie and Michelle Erickson they needed a new conditional-use permit before they could operate their silica sand mine near the Houston and Fillmore County border in Yucatan ...

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Health Department taking public input on power plant rules

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Health is looking for public input for a state plan to meet federal efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants. The health agency is hosting the third in a series of meetings on Monday in Bismarck, the Bismarck Tribune reported. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule requires North Dakota ...

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Wary governors halt, question plan to accept Syrian refugees

DETROIT — Several U.S. governors are threatening to halt efforts to allow Syrian refugees into their states in the aftermath of the coordinated attacks in Paris, though immigration experts say under the Refugee Act of 1980 governors cannot legally block refugees from settling in their communities. Here’s a look at where some state governors stand, and the number (in parentheses) ...

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Abundant water source sets the stage for economic development in Yucca, Arizona

Deserts are usually for the cacti and the scorpions because of limited water resources. Even its human inhabitants must worry daily about water access and rights. Since water is not only critical to life but to economic and cultural development as well, access to water is a really big deal. Despite its water challenges, the desert can harbor the potential ...

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SD landowners prepare for Dakota Access oil pipeline

CORRECTIONS: South Dakota Public Utilities staff attorney Kristen Edwards provided the quotes and information in this Dakota Access pipeline story. The quotes were misattributed. Mike Timpson was hired to provide expertise in ag mitigation on the pipeline project. Timpson’s last name was misspelled in the article. This story has been changed to reflect the right information. We regret the errors. NORTHEASTERN SOUTH ...

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