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IN THE AIR: Pollution Travels

Your state’s pollution may come from another state’s electricity production. The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency in July 2011, cracks down on this phenomenon and will improve air quality for an estimated 240 million Americans. Find out how the rule affects your state.

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Research and writing by Jeff Mittelstadt
Design by Delphine Andrews
Programming by Kristen Long


Developed using EPA data

Cross-state air pollution rule
Environmental Protection Agency

Health effects of ozone
Environmental Protection Agency

Health effects of NOx
Environmental Protection Agency

Health effects of SO2
Environmental Protection Agency

Estimates for the fine particulate matter annual health effects
Abt Associates, Inc. for the Clean Air Task Force. Technical Support Document for the Powerplant Impact Estimator Software Tool. July, 2010.

Epstein, Paul R., et al. “Full cost accounting for the life cycle of coal.” Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci. 1219 (2011), 73-98.

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