NewsPublic Affairs / November 18, 2016

Maryland Asks EPA To Crack Down On Coal Plants In Indiana And Other Midwestern States

Maryland environmental officials filed a petition Wednesday asking the EPA to crack down on 19 coal plants in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.Coal, Environmental Protection Agency, smog, air pollution, upwind states2016-11-18T00:00:00-05:00
Maryland Asks EPA To Crack Down On Coal Plants In Indiana And Other Midwestern States

Maryland has asked the EPA to crack down on Midwestern coal plants, including some in Indiana.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland officials are seeking federal help in reducing the pollution that blows in from the Midwest.

The Baltimore Sun reports state environmental regulators there filed a petition Wednesday asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to crack down on 19 coal plants in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia whose emissions they say make Maryland's air unhealthy to breathe on hot summer days.

The plants have spent billions of dollars on technologies to reduce pollution, but state environment secretary Ben Grumbles says they're not using them every day during the summer, when the heat and sunshine cause the pollutant ozone to form and make air quality its worst.

Officials estimate that 70 percent of Maryland's ozone pollution comes from upwind states.

Maryland is asking the EPA to act before this summer.

 

 

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