Governors Petition EPA for Tighter Regulations

Monday, December 09, 2013

A plume of exhaust extends from the Mitchell Power Station, a coal-fired power plant located 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, on September 24, 2013 in New Eagle, Pennsylvania. (Jeff Swensen/Getty)

Today governors of eight Northeastern states plan to petition the Environmental Protection Agency to force tighter air pollution regulations on nine Rust Belt and Appalachian states.

The petition comes the day before the Supreme Court is to hear arguments to determine the fate of a related E.P.A. regulation known as the “good neighbor” rule. The regulation, officially called the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, would force states with coal pollution that wafts across state lines to rein in soot and smog—either by installing costly pollution control technology or by shutting the power plants.

Joining The Takeaway to explain is Coral Davenport, reporter for our partner The New York Times.

Guests:

Coral Davenport

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

CAROLINE from NJ USA

Corporations are people,so says the Supreme Court. I'm sure as long as those people have lobbies and MONEY nothing will get done. The EPA will have little impact, no footing to safeguard the air or anything else since Republicans don't want legislation. History shows us that polluters will do as they please, and deny, deny, deny until they are slapped up side the head.

We can hope . . . better to vote for representatives interested in the environment more than lining their own pockets.

Dec. 10 2013 01:11 PM

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