Pennsylvania and some of its East Coast neighbors got some welcome news last week from the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA is finally accepting the claim that some of the airborne pollution measured in Pennsylvania actually blows in from the Midwest and the Ohio Valley. As a result, those states will face additional EPA pressure to clean up their air.
That's the good news; the bad news is that new EPA proposals on air pollution are so stringent that they may force many small businesses to close their doors. And based on a Friday statement by Carol Browner, it looks as if homeowners will pay part of the price for the clean-up as well.
Browner began by announcing that targets for states' pollution reduction were drawn based on "their contribution to the problem." Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and West Virginia would have to cut their air pollution by 40 percent, while Pennsylvania's target would be 32 percent. States to the northeast of Pennsylvania would have targets as low as 19 percent.