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EPA administrator to visit North Dakota on Friday

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm •  Published: February 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's administrator will visit North Dakota to get a firsthand look at the state's booming energy industry and environmental issues.

Gina McCarthy said Monday she would visit the Bismarck area at the invitation of U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who has been a regular Democratic critic of some of the Obama administration's energy and environmental policies.

McCarthy said she was looking forward to spending time with Heitkamp and North Dakota residents.

"North Dakota offers the country a broad array of energy opportunities," McCarthy said in a statement. "I'm glad Senator Heitkamp invited me to visit and I'm looking forward to spending time with her and hearing the views of the state's residents."

Heitkamp has been critical of the Obama administration on its coal policy as well as other energy-related issues, including delays of the proposed Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline. She said McCarthy's decision to visit North Dakota dates back to a meeting they had when McCarthy was up for Senate confirmation.

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