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  • Lignite Energy Council Seeking Support to Fight EPA Overreach

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently unveiled a series of stringent regulatory rules targeting the power sector across the United States, with a particular focus on the lignite coal-fired facilities in North Dakota. While environmental regulations are crucial for sustainable development, these new rules appear to impose significant burdens on our local coal industry without providing clear, substantiated benefits to public health or the environment.

    The repercussions of these regulations are profound:

    • Increased Operating Costs: The new rules will drastically raise the costs of operation for coal facilities. This economic strain could render many plants financially unviable, threatening their closure.
    • Regulatory Uncertainty: Introducing multiple regulations simultaneously creates a chaotic and uncertain environment. Power companies may find it increasingly difficult to plan and operate efficiently, undermining their ability to reliably serve their customers.

    Jobs: Over 12,000 jobs in the industry are at risk. These are not just numbers; they represent families and individuals whose livelihoods depend on the coal sector.
    Economic Impact: The coal industry contributes a substantial $5.75 billion to North Dakota’s economy. This economic activity supports local businesses and contributes to the overall financial health of our state.
    Tax Revenue: The industry generates $104 million in state and local tax revenue, funding essential public services like education, healthcare, and infrastructure.
    Electricity Supply: North Dakota’s coal plants provide over 4,000 megawatts of vital 24/7 electricity. Ensuring a stable and reliable energy supply is crucial for both residential and commercial consumers.
    The Lignite Energy Council is leading the charge against the EPA’s overreach, but would appreciate your support and show of unity. Sign a letter that will be delivered to President Biden.

    Paid partnership with Lignite Energy Council.