What did Public Service of New Hampshire officials know and when did they know it? And did they withhold information from regulators when the decision was made to go ahead with a $420 million scrubber on the coal-burning Merrimack Station plant in Bow?
Connecticut and seven other eastern states, all with Democratic governors and most under longstanding orders to reduce pollution, said Monday they are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to force stricter air standards on nine upwind states from the Rust Belt and Appalachia that rely on coal-fired power plants.
The nine states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative submitted comments Dec. 2 recommending that the Environmental Protection Agency use RGGI and its experiences over the past five years as a guide for upcoming national rules to reduce carbon dioxide from power plants.
The governors of eight Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states have petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for stronger air pollution limits on nine Midwest states, but Maine Gov. Paul LePage is not among them.
For many years there was no question that the air in Eliot was polluted by coal-burning Schiller Station, just across the Piscataqua River in New Hampshire. You could see tiny black particles that were carried in the air and that would collect on walls, windows, cars and the surface of puddles.
SOMERSET — Massachusetts environmental groups are trumpeting the settlement of a clean air-related lawsuit with the owners of the Brayton Point power plant in Somerset and say the pressure put on plant owners to comply with emissions laws hastened plans to close the plant.