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“They’re getting away with murder”: East Coast takes Midwest to task over air pollution

Air pollution doesn't respect borders. And the way it travels across the U.S. certainly can't be called "fair." As a general pattern, wind blows west to east, so that as fresh air blows into the Midwest from the Mountain West, the Midwest's own coal-laden air is dumped on the Northeast.

Unable to control the wind, the governors of eight Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states petitioned the EPA Monday to crack down on Midwestern power plant emissions. The move comes a day before the Supreme Court is set to hear appeals concerning the EPA's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, legislation that would force states to reign in coal pollution that crosses state lines. Above and beyond that decision, the petition calls for nine states -- Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia -- to further regulate their emissions.

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