Ruling on Cross State Pollution
2014 - Tom Joseph
HARRISBURG - It's being hailed as a victory for the environment.This
week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on out-of-state pollution will mean less
harmful emissions drifting into Pennsylvania.
Schuster, the Sierra Club's Pennsylvania campaign representative, says the high
court decision translates into healthier residents and saved lives in the
Pennsylvania specifically, up to 2,900 premature deaths will be prevented each
year by this rule alone," he stresses. "We have over 8 million
people, which is two out of every three people in Pennsylvania, who live in
areas that have currently unsafe levels of smog."
last year, Gov. Tom Corbett joined several other governors of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
States, calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to place stricter
emission controls on Midwestern states with looser standards for coal-fired
power plants and vehicle exhaust systems.
of the Supreme Court decision say it allows the EPA to use the Clean Air Act to
impose overreaching regulations that hurt American consumers and the economy.
maintains the problem of out-of-state pollution affects Pennsylvania from one end
to the other.
and Philadelphia are in the worst 25 metro areas in the country for both smog
and soot, which are forms of pollution that would be reduced by this
rule," he points out.
says moving forward, Pennsylvania needs to take more concrete measures to
control dangerous emissions being generated within its own borders.
Department of Environmental Protection recently released a draft plan for
controlling smog-causing pollution with limits that are so lax for coal-fired
power plants, that they wouldn't require the plants to regularly operate at the
pollution controls that they already have," he explains.
says the result is needless pollution inside Pennsylvania and in states
downwind of it.