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Reuters: EPA objects to (South Dakota's approval of) coal plant, Sierra Club claims new day
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EPA objects to coal plant, Sierra Club claims new day

Fri Jan 23, 2009 7:21pm EST

By Bernie Woodall

LOS ANGELES, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Environmentalists claimed on Friday that a new era regarding coal-fired power plants had arrived with the Obama administration after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency turned back South Dakota's approval of a big coal-fired power plant in that state because of pollution concerns.

"EPA is signaling that it is back to enforcing long-standing legal requirements fairly and consistently nationwide," said Bruce Nilles, head of the Sierra Club's effort to stop coal power plants.

The EPA on Friday said the timing of the objection letter to South Dakota officials -- sent on Thursday in the third day of Barack Obama's administration -- was not related to the new president.

"It would be fair to say" that the letter would have been sent under the Bush administration, said Carl Daly, unit chief for EPA Region 8 air permit unit.

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