August 23, 2012

Court rules that wind can blow pollution your way


A sad decision by the federal appeals court in  D.C. just struck down the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) that would curb particular types of air pollution that originate from a polluter in one state but affect the air of another. This rule was opposed by a coalition of fossil fuel power companies, and the court sided sided with them.

Too bad, because the EPA estimated that CSAPR would have dramatic health benefits for downwind residents: 13,000 premature deaths avoided, as well as 420,000 upper and lower respiratory problems. 

So much for being good neighbors. Coal reigns again!

But stay tuned. It seems that another rule on cross-border pollution — the 2005 Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) – remains in effect. At least until the next lawsuit.