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Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states

In this June 12, 2017 file photo, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh speaks during a news conference in Washington. A spokeswoman for Frosh says the state is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution (Credit: Alex Brandon, AP File Photo).

ANNAPOLIS, MD — “Maryland is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution, the state’s attorney general and an official in Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration said Wednesday.

The Hogan administration says 70 percent of Maryland’s ozone problem originates in upwind states.

Maryland petitioned the EPA in November for a finding that 36 power plant units in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are emitting air pollution affecting Maryland in violation of the Clean Air Act’s ‘good neighbor provision.’ In January, the EPA issued a six-month extension to the act, setting a July 15 deadline that Maryland officials say expired without action being taken.

‘We’re saying in the lawsuit: EPA failed to do its job,’ said Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat. ‘We’re getting pollution from these other states. We asked them to do something about it, and they did nothing. They didn’t hold a hearing. They didn’t issue orders to Kentucky or Pennsylvania or any of their utilities to reduce their emissions, and so I’m not sure what their response is going to be, but it’s a very straightforward matter. We’re right. We’re breathing their polluted air and they’ve got to stop.'”

— Brian White, Bradenton Herald

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