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Tue April 29, 2014
Representatives Of 'Tailpipe' N.H. Applaud Supreme Court Pollution Ruling
New Hampshire politicians from both sides of the aisle are praising a decision from the US Supreme Court upholding the right of EPA to regulate air pollution that crosses state borders.
The so-called “good neighbor” provision could mean Appalachian and Rust-Belt states will have to clean up their coal plants. The Northeast has already scrubbed the emissions from its power plants, but still endures low air-quality days in part because of emissions blowing in on the Jetstream from western states.
Governor Hassan said in a statement that it’s estimated to cost between ten and forty thousand dollars to take a ton of pollution out of the air in New England, but only $500 dollars a ton further upwind.
The ruling means utilities in states like Ohio and Kentucky will likely need to install pollution controls or to shut down power plants to meet EPA standards. They have argued the cost of compliance is too high.
In December, New Hampshire joined seven other states petitioning the EPA to ask upwind states to clean up their emissions.