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Southern Ute Tribe seeks to regulate air quality

The Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado is awaiting Environmental Protection Agency approval to regulate air quality on the reservation.

The tribe developed a Reservation Air Code to administer point-source pollution under the Clean Air Act. The tribe plans to regulate sources like coalbed methane wells.

Congress amended the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act to recognize tribal authority. States have fought tribal designations in court but their challenges have been rejected.

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Ute tribe looks to control air quality (The Farmington Daily Times 11/26)

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