Vermonters Praise EPA Rule On Power Plants

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(Host) Vermont officials are enthusiastic about a new federal pollution rule that they say should help clear the air in the Northeast.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new rule today that will require power plants in 27 states to reduce emissions.

State Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz says the regulation is designed to help clear the air in downwind states, including Vermont.

(Markowitz) "This rule is going to significantly improve the air quality in Vermont by forcing power plants, particularly in the Midwest to put on readily available control technology that’ll reduce their emissions."

(Host) Senator Patrick Leahy also praised the Obama administration for the new rule. He says one of the intentions of the Clean Air Act is to protect one state from pollution that originates in another state. And he says that’s what the new regulation does.

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