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CHART: The EPA's proposed new regulations on power plants cut some states a break

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North Dakota caught a break from the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday.

Even as the EPA set a nationwide goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, it gave some states a much lower target percentage.

For North Dakota, that means cutting emissions by just 10.6 percent.

Other states that got a break include coal-heavy Kentucky, West Virginia and Wyoming, all of which would need to shave emissions by fewer than 20 percent, as well as Montana and Indiana.

Of the states that must do the most to curb emissions from 2012 levels to reach individual EPA state goals by 2030, only three of the top 10 -- South Carolina, Arkansas and Georgia -- are located in the Southeast.

Topping the list was Washington state, which needs to slash emissions 72 percent to meet its goal, although the state's plan to shut its last remaining coal-fired power plant in 2025 means it won't be too hard to meet that goal.

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