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EPA Administrator Visits North Dakota

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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency listened to industry officials about North Dakota's energy concerns.

Administrator Gina McCarthy visited the state at the request of Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

She started her visit in Bismarck with groups that have a stake in the ethanol industry.

Mike Chaussee explains...

The E-P-A recently proposed regulations that would reduce the amount of bio fuels required to be made in the U-S.

In her remarks to the groups, EPA head Gina McCarthy promoted additional use of E-15 and E-85 gas.

She says the Obama administration is committed to getting more of these alternative fuels into the marketplace...

(Gina McCarthy/EPA Administrator) E15 is a safe fuel to use for vehicles 2001 model years and later. We've proven it over and over. And that was us joining with the industry to say we can get more ethanol used out there.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp says the more energy alternatives available to consumers, the better.

She's promoting what she calls an all-of-the-above energy strategy...

(Sen. Heidi Heitkamp/ D - N.D.)We will be foolish as a country if we back away from diversity of fueling automobiles and trucks. Because that makes us once again vulnerable in ways we don't want to be vulnerable.

Heitkamp and McCarthey continued their day together in Beulah where they met about the coal industry.

Heitkamp, and Senator John Hoeven have been urging the administration to relax new standards and deadlines on the coal industry.

(Sen. Heidi Heitkamp/ D - N.D.) I think there's a big public policy push on one side to basically regulate coal out of the market, I don't think there's any doubt about it. And so what we're trying to do is say, look, the coal generation industry has always met standards when they are reasonable. Let's talk about what those reasonable standards are.

Heitkamp is working with other Democratic senators in Washington to push for what they call reasonable solutions.

She thinks that effort, and a chance for McCarthy to speak with concerned parties face-to-face, will help their cause.

 

Congressman Kevin Cramer participated in the forums as well.

He has been pushing for the EPA to meet in energy producing states like North Dakota.

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