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Time to Clean Up Smog Pollution in Pennsylvania

Posted on April 8, 2014

Two-Thirds of Pennsylvanians are at Risk

Over 8 million Pennsylvanians live in areas that violate federal standards for smog. Many of these same areas have the state’s highest asthma hospitalization rates.  While smog is harmful to everyone, it’s especially dangerous for children, the elderly and those already suffering from respiratory and heart disease. In Pennsylvania, communities of color suffer disproportionately more from asthma and asthma-related hospitalizations. Children in communities of color are nearly twice as likely to suffer from asthma.

Coal Plants are the Largest Source of Smog Pollution

Smog is caused when chemicals including nitrogen oxides (NOx) react in sunlight near the ground, forming ground-level ozone. Coal plants are the single largest source of smog-causing pollutants in Pennsylvania. While nearly all of the state’s largest coal plants have the technology to significantly reduce nitrogen oxides, many don’t use it regularly. This puts our air and health at risk.

Governor Corbett's Plan Gives Coal Plants a Free Pass to Pollute!

Coal plants in Pennsylvania are capable of emitting significantly less smog-causing pollution than they are now, simply by operating controls they already have.  But rather than require them to do this, Gov. Corbett's plan sets limits that are 40% HIGHER than their current levels of pollution!  This plan is now open for public comment, and we need Gov. Corbett to hear from YOU that this dangerous plan is unfair and unacceptable.  Use the links below to learn more and take action.

Attend a Public Hearing

Download Fact Sheet

Send a Message to Gov. Corbett

Press Release

Letter to DEP from Sierra Club and Clean Air Council