Administration Takes A Pass On Multistate Petition To Fight ‘Upwind’ Air Pollution

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by Tom Johnson / NJ Spotlight

For the second time this fall, the Christie administration has declined to join a multistate effort to curb air pollution.

Eight Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states yesterday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require states to the west and south to take steps to reduce emissions within their borders. The pollution is carried by prevailing winds, contributing to increased asthma attacks, respiratory disease, and other public health problems, according to the eight states.

The petition, seeking to force nine states to take steps to limit air pollution under an EPA order, was first reported Monday in the New York Times.

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