Today’s D.C. Circuit Court Ruling Can Be Felt in the Air Georgia Breathes

GreenLaw reacts to the dismantling of cross-state pollution standards

Despite the fact that power plants contribute nearly half of all toxic air pollution, today the D.C. Circuit Court vacated the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), which would have required significant reductions in air emissions for power plants, including those located in Georgia.

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Today’s D.C. Circuit Court Ruling Can Be Felt in the Air Georgia Breathes

GreenLaw reacts to the dismantling of cross-state pollution standards 

August 21, 2012 (ATLANTA) - Despite the fact that power plants contribute nearly half of all toxic air pollution, today the D.C. Circuit Court vacated the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), which would have required significant reductions in air emissions for power plants, including those located in Georgia.
 
CSAPR was designed to protect the health of the public by reducing air pollution and helping states attain clean air standards.  CSAPR required 28 states, including Georgia, to reduce power plant emissions that contribute to ozone and fine particle pollution across state lines.
 
According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Georgia is one of the “Top 20 Toxic States,” due to air emissions from power plants. CSAPR would have not only reduced pollution in Georgia, but also in its neighboring states since pollutants are carried downwind and across state lines.
 
“Today’s ruling is a disappointment for Georgia and the thousands of Georgians affected by respiratory illnesses caused by soot and smog pollution,” said Ashten Bailey, staff attorney at GreenLaw.  “At GreenLaw, we support the EPA as they push to uphold the Clean Air Act and the promise of safe, breathable air.  Now more than ever, it’s important to stop the development of new coal-fired plants, like Georgia’s Plant Washington.”
 
Click here for a copy of today’s court’s decision.
 

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