Title

"The Talk of Maine" piece on a federally-imposed 2007 deadline for Maine to crea

Authors

Jeff Clark

Source

Down East

Date

7-1-2004

Pages

21-26

Abstract

"The Talk of Maine" piece on a federally-imposed 2007 deadline for Maine to create a plan to reduce ozone levels in its four southernmost counties and a 2009 deadline to do the same for Hancock, Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo counties. Ninety-three percent of ozone precursors come from out-of-state vehicle emissions and coal-fired power plants. Mainers have the highest rates of asthma in the nation, and Ed Miller, executive director of the Maine chapter of the American Lung Association, is working closely with environmental groups in Maine on the problem. The Bush administration gutted the Clean Air Act, and its "Clear Skies Initiative" gives industries half a century to install effective pollution controls, while requiring that Maine clean up its air in this decade. Maine has dealt with the obvious sources of pollution and is now regulating gas cans and consumer products. With details on clean-air lawsuits Maine has instituted or joined against other states and the cooperative Ozone Transport Commission, which includes every coastal state from Virginia north.

Subjects

Air Standards, Air pollution, Ozone

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