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Maryland officials press EPA to reconsider decision on upwind air pollution, threaten lawsuit

Maryland officials press EPA to reconsider decision on upwind air pollution, threaten lawsuit

Maryland environmental officials say they are mounting a challenge — including a potential lawsuit — to fight the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to force power plants from Pennsylvania to Indiana to tighten pollution controls.

Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles said Thursday that state officials will counter the denial at a public hearing scheduled for June 22 in Washington.

But he’s not waiting until then to voice his frustration.

At a meeting in Baltimore of air quality regulators from the EPA and across the Northeast, Grumbles said Maryland will sue the federal government if necessary.

“We certainly...

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