Maryland plans to take the Trump administration to federal appeals court now that the Environmental Protection Agency has rejected the state’s demands that it do more to limit coal power plant emissions in upwind states.
The EPA on Friday finalized a decision it had proposed in May denying a Maryland petition under a section of the federal Clean Air Act known as the “good neighbor” provision.
Now, “litigation is the next step,” said Ben Grumbles, secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment.
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said the state is working on an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
The “EPA’s decision is wrong,” Frosh said. “If it is allowed to stand, the air Marylanders breathe will be dirtier, especially on the hottest days of the summer — through no fault of ours.”
In the petition, Maryland asked EPA to crack down on 19 coal plants in five states. The state says the plants have installed technology to scrub their emissions of harmful pollutants, but that they don’t use it enough on hot days, when air quality is often worst
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