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Published June 11, 2012, 09:25 AM

ND PSC's chairman prepping for new federal job

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark is preparing for his new job as a federal regulator.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Tony Clark is preparing for his new job as a federal regulator.

Clark is resigning from the state agency Friday. He is joining the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C.

Clark says in some ways the federal position will be similar to what he already does. It regulates pipelines, utilities and telecommunications.

He says he's been reviewing commission orders and paperwork to get up to speed about his new position.

He says some of the work is new to him. For example, the commission regulates privately owned hydro-electric dams. In North Dakota the federal government generates hydropower, and state regulators don't oversee it.

Clark is chairman of the North Dakota commission. He's held the job for almost 12 years.

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