Regarding your article "TV ad hits Hogan for blocking air pollution curbs" (April 2), the ad rightly criticizes the Hogan administration's decision to block regulations required by the EPA to bring Maryland into compliance with federal air quality standards.
Maryland has the worst smog pollution on the East Coast. Coal-fired power plants are the largest individual contributors to this pollution, which is especially damaging to children — it contributes to asthma and is an important cause of asthma attacks and hospitalizations.
Maryland's children have higher than average asthma rates; an alarming one in five of Baltimore City children has this serious condition, compared to one in 12 nationally. These pollutants also increase cardiovascular and lung disease and the risk of stroke in adults.
The Maryland Department of the Environment developed these regulations after 15 months of technical analysis and stakeholder consultations. They received buy-in and support from a broad coalition of groups, including health professionals and Raven Power, one of the two companies that would be affected.
If the Hogan administration continues to block this rule, Marylanders will pay the cost in dollars and in health.