Connecticut asks EPA to limit air pollution from diesel trucks, Pennsylvania power plants

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HARTFORD — Connecticut’s top environmental official says the state will no longer accept being the “tailpipe of America” and has asked the federal government to limit air pollution from a Pennsylvania energy plant and diesel trucks.

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Klee says Connecticut has the highest ozone levels in the Northeast, due in part to air pollution from upwind sources and diesel trucks.

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He’s asking the federal Environmental Protection Agency to require the Brunner Island Steam Electric Station in York County, Pennsylvania, to reduce pollution from its three coal-fired power plants.

Klee says Connecticut also has joined 10 other state and local environmental agencies in asking the EPA to set stricter air pollution engine limits for large diesel trucks that are 90 percent greater than current requirements.