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Federal Regulations Could Impact Coal Industry

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North Dakota produces 30 million tons of coal each year, but new federal regulations could impact the coal industry.

David Kreutzer is at the Lignite Energy Council meeting in Bismarck talking about new federal regulations.

Kreutzer says in the past few weeks regulations have gone into effect which will prevent new coal plants from being built.

"We don't see many coal plants if any being scheduled across the country, and so if you don't build new plants to meet new demand and replace those ones which will be retired, then that's not going to be very good for coal demand," David Kreutzer said.

Kreutzer says in the next few years more federal regulations could go into effect which will impact current coal plants.

Certain regulations could make North Dakotans electric bills go up by 20 percent or more.

"If they are as draconian as the ones on new power plants there's something to be very concerned about because they will take a stab right at the heart of our affordable, reliable electricity that supports our quality of life here," Jason Bohrer said.

The coal industry supports five thousand direct jobs in North Dakota and also supports more than 14-thousand in direct jobs.

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