BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) — Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced public comments June 1 in response to the proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deny Maryland’s petition under Section 126 of the Clean Air Act.
“It is clear and undeniable that emissions from power plants in surrounding states pollute Maryland’s air and violate the law,” Frosh said in his comments. “The EPA has failed to stop these violations and has failed to protect Marylanders from the harm of breathing polluted air. Requiring power plants to implement common sense standards to reduce harmful emissions is the responsibility of the EPA. Time and time again, it has failed to do its job. Over the next few weeks my office will consider all options to protect the health of our environment and of our citizens.”
Frosh’s office filed the petition in November 2016 when it urged the EPA to look into whether power plants in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia violate the “Good Neighbor provision” of the Clean Air Act because their pollutants flow into Maryland.