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April 20, 2017
Connecticut sends letters to EPA administrator regarding upwind states

Connecticut’s Governor Dannel Malloy recently sent a letter to EPA’s Administrator Scott Pruitt urging him to approve a petition requiring nine upwind states, located in the West and the South, be added to the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) to reduce air pollution, generated within their borders, which is then carried to Northeast states.

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The petition was filed by Connecticut along with eight other neighboring Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states in December 2013 under Section 176A of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The petition stated that decades of inaction by the upwind states caused Connecticut and the eight other states that filed the petition to spend tens of billions of dollars to reduce their own air emissions.

Malloy stated in his letter, “Now is the time to require upwind states to take action. EPA must move to include the petitioned states in the collaborative and efficient OTC process to resolve finally the illegal transport of air pollution in Connecticut.”

Commissioner Rob Klee of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) provided his own testimony on the petition in a letter to the EPA as well as additional letters of support from Commissioner Raul Pino of Connecticut’s Department of Public Health and Commissioner Catherine Smith of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development.

“The entire state of Connecticut is designated nonattainment for ozone. We measure the highest levels of ozone in the Northeast. More than 90% of this pollution blows in to our state from other places,” stated Klee in his letter. “We urge you to approve the 176A petition.”

Information and documents about the petition can be found here.

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