ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge by environmental groups to Minnesota’s plan for reducing haze over Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday let the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Minnesota’s rules stand.READ MORE: Art Tribute To Bob Dylan Goes Up Outside Hibbing High School
At issue was whether the state’s plan should have mandated the use of “best available retrofit technology,” or BART, for power plants contributing to regional haze. The state instead adopted a cap-and-trade approach to emissions called the “transport rule,” and a set of goals for improving visibility.READ MORE: Nathan Hase Killed In Goodhue County Crash
The EPA concluded the transport rule was “better than BART,” but the environmental groups disagreed and asked the appeals court to review the decision.
A three-judge appeals panel says the EPA acted rationally in approving Minnesota’s plan.MORE NEWS: Cameron Clark Will Serve More Than 15 Years For Attempted Murder Of Unborn Child, Aiding And Abetting Robbery
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