Maryland to Sue EPA Over Emissions from Neighboring States

By Editors of Power Engineering

The state of Maryland served notice it intends to file suit against the EPA over emissions from 36 power plants in neighboring states.

The notice claims the EPA is failing to enforce the Clean Air Act over emissions from plans in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The Maryland Department of the Environment sent a petition to the EPA in November 2016 saying the state can’t meet its ozone reduction goals due to emissions outside state jurisdiction, and filed suit after the agency did not react.

The state claims it doesn’t want the EPA to take extra measures or cause the 36 plants to incur extra costs. Instead, officials want plants to use existing pollution controls during ozone-restricted days.

In May, Connecticut officials filed suit against the EPA for failing to stop Pennsylvania plants from sending emissions into the state.