Eight states are suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for not requiring states in the Midwest and parts of the South to follow tougher pollution standards.
According to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, polluted air from Midwest states is blowing into the Northeast, creating polluted air, which could have detrimental effects.
The group of Northeastern states is citing studies sponsored by the EPA itself that show that pollution in New York City, for example, is not entirely sourced by the city itself, but that a substantial amount of it is transported into the area. As the ninth most polluted city in the nation, the health of New Yorkers may have a lot to gain by improved air quality.
According to accuweather.com, the option exists for states to be added to something called the “Ozone Transport Region,” which designates states that produce enough of their own pollution to impact air quality at downwind locations. More stringent pollution controls can be enacted in this region, along with harsher punishment for not meeting pollution-reducing goals.
These incentives are meant to supplement work being done by the states that have no control over pollution that is blown into their area.
The Obama Administration recommended denying the Northeast’s request to have several Midwestern states added to the Ozone Transport Region, which the Trump administration then carried out.
The Northeast states fighting the EPA over pollution controls are:
- New York
- Rhode Island
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