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Tue December 10, 2013
RI Joins States Seeking Protection From Polluters
Rhode Island is one of eight states that are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency for protection from out-of-state polluters.
The multi-state action is directed at Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
The petition cites decades of inaction by these so-called ‘upwind’ states and asks the EPA to require them to join a compact of states committed to reducing pollution.
Rhode Island has an average of 24 days a year when ozone levels are so high it’s dangerous to go outdoors. The governor’s office says as much as 70 percent of this ozone pollution is blown in from the upwind states.