ND Lignite Coal officials talk about the threat of a power outage due to changes in EPA rules

(Bismarck, N.D.) – North Dakota's brown coal industry says it will face several major challenges going forward if the Environmental Protection Agency's recent rulings remain in effect.

Jason Bohrer, president and CEO of the Lignite Energy Council, spoke to Flag's What's on Your Mind about the proposed changes. The EPA decision on brown coal, mercury and air toxics standards, the Regional Haze Program and the fossil fuel power plant rule have all been recently updated or changed, which Bohrer believes pose significant challenges to North Dakota's brown coal industry if no changes are made.

” [The EPA] enact rules that, according to modeling, will result in power generation plants being taken offline. This increases reliability risks and the risk of a power failure. Especially the carbon rule. It will take billions and billions of dollars to comply,” Bohrer told The Flag’s “What’s on Your Mind.”

According to the EPA, the changes aim to reduce mercury emissions from lignite-fired power plants by 70%, ensure that gas-fired power plants control 90% of their carbon pollution, reduce pollutants discharged via wastewater, and establish federal coal ash regulations to prevent soil and water pollution.

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