TRENTON – On Monday, Gov. Chris Christie announced plans to appeal a court ruling that dismissed New Jersey’s legal efforts to force owners of a coal-fired Pennsylvania power plan to reduce its pollution.
However, the governor chose not to support a broader effort by the federal Environmental Protection Agency to curb interstate air pollution.
“New Jersey is adversely impacted by air pollution that comes from this coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania that is one of the most polluting power facilities in the nation, and which negatively impacts the health and welfare of our residents,” Christie said Monday. “This Administration’s commitment to the improvement of air quality remains a top priority, and that includes targeting some of the most prolific out-of-state air polluters.”
“My inclination is not to deal with these things on a blanket basis by giving more power over to the federal government,” the governor said last week. “I think they have more than enough power as it is.”
The New Jersey Sierra Club blasted the governor for his decision. “This is an attempt by Christie to make it seem like he supports clean air when he is doing the opposite, said club Director Jeff Tittel. “It will cost New Jersey ten times as much money to appeal individual permits plant by plant rather then joining the case to support the [EPA] rule and actually require those plants to clean up.”
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