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Esty Calls On EPA For Protection From Polluted Air

Smog flows upwind from Pennsylvannia and pollutes the Northeast.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, has petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to protect families from polluted air from upwind states.

Esty, a Democrat from Connecticut’s 5th House District, is calling on the EPA to require upwind states to reduce air pollution emissions that are carried to the Northeast by prevailing winds – especially from Pennsylvania’s Brunner Island coal plant.

Esty — who joined representatives from eight other states in the petition — says air pollution causes about 170 deaths, and more than 470 hospitalizations, a year in Connecticut.

Esty also spoke out against President Donald Trump’s recent executive order dismantling clean-air regulations.

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