Nasty, polluted air wafting into Delaware from upwind states has US Senator Tom Carper demanding action from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Carper, the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, is unhappy with the agency’s plans to deny four petitions filed by Delaware to reduce harmful emissions from power plants in upwind states.
According to the Senator’s office, the four petitions sought reductions in emissions of ozone-forming nitrogen dioxide (NOx) from specific power plants in the upwind states of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Maryland also submitted a petition, which was also denied.
“The fundamental mission of the EPA is to protect the health of the American people and our environment. By denying our state, and others, the ability to reduce harmful pollution from upwind states, this EPA is shirking its primary responsibility, ignoring the needs of states and, most importantly, putting the health of Delawareans at risk,” said Caper.
“Emissions from other states account for nearly 90 percent of air pollution in the First State,” said Carper. “New Castle County just recently received a failing grade from the American Lung Association for its air quality. And Delaware has nearly 70,000 residents living with asthma. Downwind states like Delaware depend on the EPA to make sure that every state is a good neighbor when it comes to reducing air pollution.”
The EPA will accept comment on the proposed action for 45 days after it is published in the Federal Register. The agency also plans to hold a public hearing on this proposal at the EPA offices in Washington, DC, and Carper called for concerned citizens to weigh in.
“I encourage all Delawareans to make their voices heard. There is nothing more basic than ensuring that our children, our families, our neighbors have clean, safe air to breathe when we step outside every day.”