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EPA rules that air is unhealthy near Anne Arundel power plant, rejecting protests by state

EPA rules that air is unhealthy near Anne Arundel power plant, rejecting protests by state

Federal environmental regulators have ruled that a coal-burning power plant in northern Anne Arundel County is emitting unhealthy levels of the air pollutant sulfur dioxide, rejecting the Hogan administration's argument that the air is clean enough.

The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that areas within about 17 miles of the Herbert A. Wagner Generating Station in Pasadena do not meet an air quality standard, based on estimates of the plant's emissions for the past three years. The pollutant is known to trigger asthma and cause cancer.

Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles said officials are "disappointed" and "frustrated" by the decision...

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