Upwind From the Fires

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The Environmental Protection Agency considers an Air Quality Index of 100 or above to pose health risks. As of 1 p.m. PT on Thursday, Santa Barbara's AQI for small particulates had climbed to 363--by far the worst in the country, according to the EPA site Airnow.gov, That's higher even than the AQI in places like Ojai and Ventura that are actually on fire. It means that even perfectly healthy adults might suffer some effects, while those in vulnerable groups--small children, the elderly, and those with lung or heart conditions--could face serious risks. It's close to the 400-plus AQI that Napa experienced during the fires there in October, and far worse than what the rest of the Bay Area saw.


Delaware to Sue EPA Over Upwind Air Pollution

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Delaware says more than 90 percent of ground-level ozone, or smog, in Delaware originates from emissions in upwind states. Despite previously petitioning the EPA four times in 2016 to crack down on the upwind pollution, the governor said the state has not gotten relief.


Delaware Mulls Options Against EPA Over Upwind Air Pollution

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State officials say more than 90 percent of the ozone in Delaware originates from emissions in upwind states. They say the EPA may not be interpreting available data properly and is not implementing the Clean Air Act's Good Neighbor provisions as they were intended.


Delaware Says It Will Sue EPA Over Upwind Air Pollution

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The litigation involves four petitions filed in 2016 by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The petitions sought to have EPA require certain power-plant units in upwind states to use air pollution controls to reduce emissions.


8 Eastern States Suing EPA Over Upwind Air Pollution Control

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New York's Eric Schneiderman, the leading attorney general in the lawsuit, said it was filed Tuesday in a federal appeals court in the District of Columbia to force the Trump administration to take action to ensure upwind states control pollution.