PA joins NE, Atlantic states in pollution action

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 10, 2013 5:28 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania is joining a petition with eight other northeast and mid-Atlantic states to ask the federal government to require nine upwind states to reduce air pollution emissions.

Governor Corbett says he hopes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ensures that other states abide by the same standards that Pennsylvania has

The petition is aimed at Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

It seeks what it says are long-overdue commitments from the upwind states to reduce emissions carried by prevailing winds that contribute to the formation of ozone in the downwind states. 

Other states signing the petition include Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The EPA is required to approve or disapprove of the petition within 18 months.

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