And, regardless of whether they contribute to regional ozone levels, Maine’s industrial polluters should still be held to strict emissions standards, at least for the benefit of those who live in the immediate vicinity of those facilities, not to mention the rest of us assholes who depend on policies such as the OTR to tamp down emissions worldwide.
Enviros also point out that if Maine were to succeed in this endeavor, other states that are in compliance (such as Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island) could request similar waivers, which would only result in higher emissions across the Northeast. “We’ll be back where we were 25 years ago, with dirtier air,” Brand says.
The rule change must be approved by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. In response to requests from several environmental and public health organizations, the DEP announced on Tuesday that it would host a full public hearing on this issue in the fall.
: The Editorial Page
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