Air pollutants, aviation, asthma, and aging power plants in the Midwest
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Midwest power plants linked to pollution in area
By ROGER WITHERSPOON THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: April 30, 2004)
Strenuous efforts by Westchester and surrounding counties to reduce air
pollutants can only make a dent in regional air quality because most of
region's contaminated air blows in from out of state or unregulated
air quality and health officials said yesterday.
"New York has a particular problem with air pollution," said Peter
head of the environmental protection bureau for the State Attorney
Office. "Even if we turned off every factory and parked every car, the
quality would still not meet federal air quality standards. Over 80
of the air pollution in this state comes from out-of-state sources."
The assistant attorney general was the featured speaker at a sparsely
attended symposium on the county's air, sponsored by the Federated
Conservationists of Westchester County at the County Center.
Lehner provided a litany of air-quality problems facing the region,
beginning with the enormous toxic output from Midwestern power plants.
The majority of the pollutants responsible for acid rain, high ozone
and mercury deposits in the state's lakes and rivers emanates from huge
coal-fired power plants in the Midwest.
"Just five of these plants," Lehner said, "emit two percent of the entire
world's emissions of carbon dioxide, and one plant alone emits half as
nitrous oxides as the entire state of New York."
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decided this month not to
aging power plants to install anti-pollution controls.
That decision is being challenged by the attorneys general of New York
the New England states. But additional pollution comes from diesel car
exhaust and jet planes.
"The EPA should start treating airports like the major pollutants they
said Lehner, "but airplanes are largely exempt from pollution controls."
Planes lack the type of pollution controls found on automobiles, and they
dump large amounts of toxic material in the air around the airport as
burn fuel during takeoffs and landings.
Westchester County Health Commissioner Joshua Lipsman said the county has
aggressively tried to reduce air pollutants, which cause asthma in about
percent of the county's children. But there are severe limits on what the
county can do.
"We have aggressively gone after fleet operators who let their vehicles
idle," Lipsman said, "and we reach out to homeowners and consumers,
encouraging them to consider fuel-efficient alternatives to riding
power boats, and other items in their control.
"But these are small measures, and the ability of the county to
substantially impact the region's air quality is limited. Long-term
solutions will be dependent on the federal government," Lipsman said.
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