Feds Say: Passaic County Needs Cleaner Air

9 10 2009

sstackjpg-01b92ce410b7f1a1_mediumWashington D.C.-Federal officials have told 13 of New Jersey’s 21 counties to clean up their dirty air within five years.

The Environmental Protection Agency said airborne soot in those counties exceeds the government’s 24-hour limit. The EPA said long-term exposure leads to a rise in asthma, heart attacks and deaths.

New Jersey Environmental Protection Department air quality division chief William O’Sullivan said steps adopted by Gov. Jon Corzine’s administration that will take effect soon should clean up the air before 2014.

Rules adopted in March require sharp limits in emissions from the state’s seven coal-fired power plant.

The counties cited are: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Passaic, Morris, Somerset, Union, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester.

(News Source: AP)

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