Gov. Dalrymple meets with EPA on emission standards
FARGO - In a meeting with the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gov.
FARGO – In a meeting with the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gov. Jack Dalrymple shared his concerns Sunday regarding proposed carbon dioxide emission standards for coal-fired power plants in North Dakota and elsewhere.
In Washington, D.C., Dalrymple told EPA administrator Gina McCarthy that emission standards should be practical and give existing plants flexibility to comply.
“Unattainable standards would only serve to undermine the nation’s energy security and would lead to lost jobs and higher utility costs for consumers,” Dalrymple said in a statement.
In 2013, 79 percent of North Dakota’s electricity came from coal, almost 16 percent came from wind energy and about 5 percent came from hydroelectric sources, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
The EPA’s proposed standards, expected to be finalized this summer, would require North Dakota to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 11 percent, the governor said.
The EPA’s website describes its proposal, known as the Clean Power Plan, as a commonsense way to curb carbon dioxide emissions and combat climate change, while keeping energy affordable.
Forum staff reports