Coal, Emissions, Policy & Regulations

Eight Northeast States Sue EPA Over Midwestern Coal Pollution

By Editors of Power Engineering

A group of eight states in the northeast have sued the Environmental Protection Agency over air pollution originating from nine western and southern states.

The suit aims to force the EPA to impose tighter controls on emissions, which are coming from power plants and other sources in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, Reuters reported.

The coalition is being led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who called for the nine states to be added to the Ozone Transport Region and its stricter pollution controls.

The states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont originally made the request in 2013, resulting in a consent decree to force the EPA to make a decision whether to add the states to the Ozone Transport Region by October 2017. EPA head Scott Pruitt did not add the states.