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A three-judge panel that included a Trump appointee held on Tuesday that the EPA needs a better plan for addressing smog that travels across state lines from the midwest to the densely populated Northeast, where states are failing to meet federal air quality standards.
Why This Matters:The EPA is failing to protect the public in the northeast from air pollution that is generated by coal power plants and manufacturing facilities in the midwest that travels with the winds and air currents into northeastern states who then are unable to meet their air quality standards. This problem is EXACTLY why the federal government must be involved — and why the Clean Power Plan the Obama Administration put in place was so important. Pollutants don’t stop at state boundaries and states must be required to be “good neighbors.” Only the federal government can play that role and the court stepped in here to push EPA to help those states on the receiving end of the plume of pollution to meet their 2021 deadline for reducing ozone pollution by putting greater pollution restrictions on the emitting states. It is EPA that is failing here.
“New Yorkers have a right to clean, healthy air. But the fact is, over two-thirds of New Yorkers regularly breathe unhealthy air due to smog pollution,” she said. “We will continue our battle to compel the Trump Administration to follow the law in our effort to fight this public health hazard and to uphold New Yorkers’ legal right to clean, healthy air.”
EPA’s Losing Argument
The EPA argued that the pollution issue was not a big deal because the northeastern states were on track to meet their air quality standards by 2023 — only two years later than required under the Clean Air Act. In the past, the EPA has required better pollution control from coal power plants in the more western states — and this problem was part of the reason for the Clean Power Plan, which provided a more comprehensive multi-state solution.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Devastating wildfires in the world’s coldest region have led scientists to declare an “airpocalypse.” Siberia is being plagued by toxic fumes and wildfire smoke so thick that flights were suspended last week due to low visibility. 3.7 million acres of Northeastern Siberia have been destroyed, and with no end in sight, experts are […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Bootleg fire in Southern Oregon has grown so large and so hot that it’s creating its own weather. You read that right; the Bootleg fire is disrupting wind patterns, causing fire to spread faster, and has even caused its own lightning. This development has presented an additional hardship for […]
In the U.S., about 100,000 deaths occur each year due to exposure to ambient air pollution – before the COVID-19 pandemic, this represented about 1 in 25 deaths. Air pollution is a ruthless killer that can even harm the development of babies while they’re still in the womb. That’s why it was important that the […]
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