In Suit Naming Kevin Cramer, Opponents of Mine ask Judge to Strip PSC of Regulation Responsibilities

In Suit Naming Kevin Cramer, Opponents of Mine ask Judge to Strip PSC of Regulation Responsibilities

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An attorney for opponents of a proposed coal mine southwestern North Dakota told a federal judge Friday that it’s time to strip the state Public Service Commission of its responsibilities for regulating that industry.

The Sierra Club and Dickinson-based Dakota Resource Council filed a lawsuit last year accusing North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk and former commissioner Kevin Cramer — now the state’s sole congressman — of taking improper campaign contributions from coal mining officials. Kalk and Cramer, both Republicans, have maintained that the donations were legal and properly reported.

“We need an untainted commission,” the advocacy groups’ attorney, Carrie La Seur, told U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland in Bismarck

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