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First State spars with EPA over out-of-state pollution decision

Delaware Public Media

The First State is fighting back against a decision from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding out-of-state pollution to Delaware’s air.


Delaware submitted four petitions in 2016 pointing to EPA evidence suggesting power plants in West Virginia and Pennsylvania are polluting air in the First State.


EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt responded earlier this month - signing off on a proposal to deny the petitions’ request for federal assistance to improve Delaware’s air quality under the Clean Air Act.


The EPA scheduled a public hearing on the matter for June 22nd in Washington D.C.

DNREC Secretary Sean Garvin told the EPA in a letter that “Delaware is deeply concerned” at the setting and time of the public hearing.


The state wants venue to be moved to Wilmington so more Delawareans can participate. Garvin’s letter requests a 45-day public comment period leading up to the hearing, and lasting another 30-days afterward.



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