Dalrymple met in Bismarck with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to review regulations for power plants and said the EPA should take a "common sense" approach on emissions standards.
"North Dakota is one of only a handful of states that meet the EPA's air-quality standards and I hope this visit will help her better understand that a one-size-fits-all approach for reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants is not the answer," the governor said in a statement Thursday.
Last year, the EPA proposed new rules that would cap emissions from existing coal-fired power plants and set new limits for future facilities.
U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., who invited McCarthy to the state, said in a statement earlier this week she's been "forceful" in her opposition to the EPA's proposed regulations, saying they would have a negative impact on the state's economy. She said many of the EPA's regulations on coal would be "unachievable."
There was no EPA statement apart from a Wednesday announcement that McCarthy's visit to North Dakota would focus on protection of "people's health and the environment."