A federal judge ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to respond to a statement that Maryland’s power plants in five different states are contributing to Maryland’s air quality problems.
On Wednesday, the judge ordered EPA to make a final decision on Maryland’s petition on September 15th.
The decision came in a lawsuit filed against Maryland officials last year after the EPA failed to respond to its deadline.
36 power generation units in Maryland, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are trying to find that Maryland violates the Clean Air Act’s “good neighborliness” by emitting substantial contributory nitrogen oxides that do not meet environmental air quality standards.
Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration says 70 per cent of Maryland’s ozone problems originate from the wind states.
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