Dumping Garbage on Neighbors

The EPA rejects a plea by three states to curb acid rain

"We don't intend to tolerate continued discrimination borne of eastbound winds and hidebound bureaucrats," declared Richard Thornburgh, the Republican Governor of Pennsylvania, in 1980. Thornburgh was referring to his demand that the federal Environmental Protection Agency stop other states from befouling Pennsylvania's air in violation of the 1970 Clean Air Act. New York and Maine joined Pennsylvania in petitioning the EPA to order seven states, mostly in the Midwest, to reduce sulfur-dioxide emissions that are carried eastward by prevailing winds and...

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