Acid rain

Transport Rule Targets “Dirty” Power Plants

In the Obama administration’s ongoing efforts to cut emissions that cause smog, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new regulations to tighten restrictions on pollution from coal-burning power plants owned by utilities including Duke Energy, American Electric Power Co., and Southern Co. The new proposal, called the Transport Rule, targets 31 states from Massachusetts to Texas and the District of Columbia.  The measure requires a reduction in smog , acid rain, and soot-producing emissions that can travel long distances in the wind in order to “cut air pollution that impairs air quality and harms the health of people downwind.” The EPA estimates the rule would prevent as many as 36,000 premature deaths a year.