Coal plants in our neighbor state have been violating clean air rules for years with little push back from state or federal regulators, according to a report from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and other news organizations. But the nonprofit Sierra Club has campaigned for a decade and applied legal pressure to force energy producers to cut emissions.
North Dakota coal plants to pump their CO2 underground in the future
Therefore, North Dakota officials feel the state should be exempt from a Minnesota law that requires utilities to pay more to burn coal, even those from out-of-state. It's part of Minnesota's Next Generation Energy Act of 2007 that requires new coal power emissions to be offset.