NJ, other states challenge federal failure to curb coal-plant pollution

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – New Jersey is joining another multi-state effort challenging the federal government’s failure to clamp down on pollution from coal-burning power plants that contribute to unhealthy air in the Northeast.

The litigation, filed by six states and New York City, stems from a decision in December by the administration of President Donald Trump to take no further action to control emissions of ground-level ozone from sources in upwind states until 2023 at the earliest.

In a petition filed last week in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, New Jersey and other states aim to hold the federal Environmental Protection Agency to a promise to impose stricter ozone-emission standards from upwind states …

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