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Malheur County lawmaker warns carbon plan may cost jobs

EP Minerals, a local firm that produces diatomaceous rock, could leave the state if a new carbon emissions plan is approved, according to a local legislator. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – If legislators give a green light to a plan to slash the state’s carbon emissions, one of Malheur County’s major employers and one nearby in Baker County may shut down.

State Rep. Lynn Findley, R-Vale, told lawmakers last week that EP Minerals, a global producer of diatomaceous rock with a plant east of Vale, will likely depart . . .