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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- North Dakota's governor and congressional delegation say the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to most of the state's clean air plan for regional haze.

The EPA and North Dakota's Health Department have differed on the most efficient way to reduce nitrogen oxide pollution from two coal-fueled electric power plants. The emissions contribute to haze that can reduce visibility in two pristine areas of the state.

Sens. John Hoeven and Kent Conrad, Rep. Rick Berg and Gov. Jack Dalrymple say the EPA on Friday agreed to adopt most of the state implementation plan rather than a more costly federal plan.

The agreement follows discussions between the delegation and federal officials, including a December meeting with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.