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Chilly Reception For Montana Climate Plan In Colstrip

Colstrip power plant, Colstrip Montana.
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Billings residents and Missoulians are next in line to weigh in on Montana's climate plan. Governor Steve Bullock asked the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to analyze potential ways the state can comply with E.P.A's proposed Clean Power Plan.

State regulators were in Colstrip yesterday, the heart of Montana coal country, for a public meeting on a draft rule limiting carbon pollution in Montana.

Montana Associated Press reporter Matthew Brown attended yesterday's meeting at Colstrip High School.

He tells Edward O'Brien the meeting drew over 200 people, the vast majority of whom either worked at the Colstrip plant or are somehow linked to Montana's coal industry.

Tonight's meeting on the Montana DEQ's proposal to help the state comply with EPA's Clean Power Plan will be held from 6 p.m to 8 p.m in Billings.

Tomorrow's meeting in Missoula is also from 6 to 8 and is at the Best Western Grant Creek Inn.

Edward O’Brien first landed at Montana Public Radio three decades ago as a news intern while attending the UM School of Journalism. He covers a wide range of stories from around the state.  
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