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02/23/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama's EPA Puts Hold On South Dakota Coal Plant Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency placed a hold on approval of a coal-fired power plant in South Dakota, a move environmental groups say indicates increased scrutiny under President Barack Obama.

"This is a signal that the Obama administration is taking a much harder look at coal power from the previous administration," said Darrell Gerber, a program coordinator at Washington-based Clean Water Action, which along with the Sierra Club opposed the plant.

The EPA said in a letter to the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources yesterday that the state didn't meet requirements under the Clean Air Act in part of its proposed permit for the plant. The state has 90 days to respond to the agency's objections.

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