Conservation and public health groups seeking to restore clear skies over some of our nation’s most scenic landscapes filed a challenge today with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver against plans approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that allow coal-fired power plants in Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming to escape federal requirements to reduce their emissions of haze-causing pollutants. The plans create a giant loophole in EPA rules designed to limit sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions, which not only obscure visibility in our most spectacular protected lands, but also contribute to serious illnesses.
Above: A clear day
Below: A hazy day.
EPA’s plans exempt Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming from air pollution rules that would otherwise require them to reduce SO2 emissions from eight coal-fired power plants to decrease pollution in the region’s national parks and wilderness areas, including Grand Canyon National Park. The exemptions are being challenged by HEAL Utah, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), Powder River Basin Resource Council, and Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice. Continue reading “Flawed EPA Air Pollution Plan for “Scenic Landscape” States Challenged by Clean Air Advocates”