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EPA identifies 3 Montana plants that need to cut airborne pollutants
As part of its effort to eliminate haze in national parks and wilderness areas across the nation, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing that three plants in Montana cut emissions: the Colstrip coal-fired power plant in eastern Montana, the Holcim cement plant near Three Forks and the Ash Grove cement plant near Montana City.
Flathead Beacon (AP); March 26
Utah governor signs bill demanding federal lands into law
On Friday, Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law legislation that demands the federal government hand over 30 million acres of land in Utah to the state.
Salt Lake Tribune; March 24
Arizona Legislature considers bill to get federal lands under state control
The Arizona Senate has approved legislation that is very similar to the bills passed by the Utah Legislature designed to bring federal lands in the state under the state's control, and legislators are considering other bills to limit the federal government's role on public lands.
Arizona Republic; March 26
Tribes say mine in Montana threatens cultural site
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are challenging Revett Minerals' proposed copper and silver mine beneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in Montana, and are seeking designation of Chicago Peak, a culturally significant site to the Kootenai Tribe, to the National Register of Historic Places.
Missoulian; March 25
Wyoming company pursues natural-gas-to-gasoline plant
Concerns about water led Casper-based Nerd Gas to abandon its plans for a coal-to-gasoline plant and the company is now looking at sites in Wyoming for a plant to convert natural gas to gasoline.
Casper Star-Tribune; March 26
Wyoming coal-to-liquids plant still in the planning stage 8 years later
DKRW Advanced Fuels first proposed a coal-to-liquids plant at the mouth of a Wyoming coal mine near Elk Mountain eight years ago, but to date the plant consists of a concrete slab as the company toils through permitting and funding challenges.
Casper Star-Tribune; March 24
Million asks FERC to rethink decision on Wyoming-Colorado water pipeline
Aaron Million filed a request for rehearing on Friday, asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider its decision last month that the Colorado businessman's permit to build a water pipeline from Wyoming's Flaming Gorge Reservoir to Front Range cities was "premature."
Deseret News; March 26
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