- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed legislation that creates a new state agency aimed at environmental protection.

Burgum signed the bill Friday that separates at no cost the Environmental Health Section of the state Department of Health into a new cabinet-level agency called the Department of Environmental Quality.

Burgum says the new agency will continue to administer and enforce the same environmental protection programs as the existing Environmental Health Section.

The agency will be overseen by a new 13-member board and its director will report directly to the governor.

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