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State environmental regulators submit a climate action plan to federal government

State environmental regulators have submitted a climate action plan to the federal government.

Montana is one of 46 states creating these plans, in the hopes of securing millions in federal funding for addressing climate change. Tribal nations are also drafting their own proposals.

Montana’s plan outlines proposed projects state governments could implement to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the next five years. Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is drafting the plan with oversight from Gov. Greg Gianforte and public input.

Unlike other states, Gianforte has directed Montana’s plan to include only non-regulatory proposals

After the plan is submitted, the DEQ must then submit specific funding amount requests to the Environmental Protection Agency by April 1.

Ellis Juhlin is MTPR's Rocky Mountain Front reporter. Ellis previously worked as a science reporter at Utah Public Radio and a reporter at Yellowstone Public Radio. She has a Master's Degree in Ecology from Utah State University. She's an average birder and wants you to keep your cat indoors. She has two dogs, one of which is afraid of birds.
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