N.J to appeal federal ruling in an effort to stop cross-state pollution from Western Pa. coal-fired plant

    New Jersey has plans to appeal a federal ruling from last month that dismissed the state’s effort to reduce pollutants from a Western Pennsylvania coal-fired power plant.

    “New Jersey is adversely impacted by air pollution that comes from this coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania that is one of the most polluting power facilities in the nation, and which negatively impacts the health and welfare of our residents,” Gov. Chris Christie said in a news release. “This Administration’s commitment to  the improvement of air quality remains a top priority, and that includes targeting some of the most prolific out-of-state air polluters.”

    Last week, the EPA clamped down on a Pennsylvania plant that was emitting pollutants to nearby Warren, Sussex, Morris and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.

    In February, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the U.S. government filed a suit against Pennsylvania’s Homer City Station, with N.J. seeking an injunction prohibiting further operation of the plant, except in accordance with the Clean Air Act.

    Today marks the deadline for Christie to defend an EPA rule limiting cross-state air pollution, which would require that New Jersey also cut down on air pollutants that cross into other states.

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