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Sierra Club Statement on CAC Vote to Table Pennsylvania’s Smog Plan


The Department of Environmental Protection’s Citizens Advisory Committee voted Tuesday to table a loophole-riddled smog-reduction plan for the state of Pennsylvania. The current draft plan fails to correct a number of major problems identified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, which would likely reject it as is.

In response, Tom Schuster, Senior Campaign Representative for Sierra Club, released the following statement:

“The Citizens Advisory Committee made the right decision today by holding back on approving a flawed plan against smog pollution which has been proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection. DEP’s plan fails to protect public health, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency has identified a number of major problems with it. Among those problems, it unfairly lets some power plants completely off the hook because they lagged behind their peers and failed to install pollution protections, including the closest coal-fired power plant to Harrisburg: Brunner Island.  

Clean air advocates are hopeful now that DEP has an opportunity to go back and fix these flaws. Cutting smog pollution from our state’s coal-burning smokestacks will help all Pennsylvanian’s breathe a little easier. Governor Wolf’s DEP should move to correct these issues quickly, avoid lengthy delays that would result from EPA’s rejection of the rule, and protect the health of everyone who breathes in Pennsylvania”


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