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John Quinn
EPA rule seeks to curb long-distance air pollution
EPA rule seeks to curb long-distance air pollution

In a sweeping move aimed at curbing long-distance air pollution that afflicts the health of 240 million Americans — including Marylanders — the Environmental Protection Agency is ordering power plants across much of the eastern United States to sharply curtail emissions. The rule, announced Thursday, gives coal-fired plants in Maryland and 26 other states until 2014 to make steep reductions in emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, pollutants that contribute to serious health problems such as asthma, bronchitis and heart attacks. Maryland also would benefit because much of its air pollution comes from other states. Some power companies warn that the requirement...