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Tell EPA to Strengthen the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule


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We all deserve access to clean air. Full stop. 

For decades, dirty fossil fuel power plants and industrial facilities have spewed dangerous nitrous oxide (NOx) and other pollutants into the atmosphere and counted on the wind to carry these chemicals far away.

But out of sight isn’t out of the air. Too often, this pollution just blows downwind to another state, contributing to asthma, heart and lung disease, and other respiratory issues in a community that had nothing to do with the facility. 

It’s not right. It’s not fair. And now the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed update to the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule will help protect our communities from dangerous air pollution.

The proposed rule update ensures upwind states limit their pollution to protect people in downwind states that often can do nothing to curb these emissions to protect their residents. It would also expand the scope of the current rule to include additional industrial sources of air pollution and expand the rule's coverage to even more states.

Ozone and smog-forming pollution can sicken millions of people. Even worse, this pollution inevitably hits communities of color and frontline families hardest. It’s critical that this proposed rule is enacted. 

EPA is open to comments until June 21, and we need you to join us. Tell EPA to finalize this proposal to ensure that we can all live healthier and breathe easier. 

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