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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Esty: EPA Should Protect Connecticut Families from Polluted Air from Upwind States

April 12, 2017
Press Release

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, today released the following statement in support of Connecticut and eight neighboring states’ Section 176A petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The petition would require upwind states to reduce air pollution emissions that are carried to the Northeast by prevailing winds.

“Though Connecticut is a national leader in reducing air pollution, families here still suffer the serious health consequences of pollution that travels here from other states upwind of us,” Esty said. “Each year, air pollution causes an estimated 168 deaths in Connecticut – higher than any other New England state – and more than 470 hospitalizations.

“Polluted air doesn’t stop at state lines. Every state has a responsibility to protect the American people from the health consequences – not to mention the economic cost – of air pollution. It’s the EPA’s job to enforce that responsibility. The health and wellbeing of Connecticut families depend on the EPA doing its job for the American people.”

In September, Esty and the full Connecticut congressional delegation wrote to the EPA calling for action to reduce dangerous air pollution traveling to Connecticut from Pennsylvania’s Brunner Island coal plant. Esty also spoke out against President Trump’s recent executive order dismantling clean-air regulations, noting that air pollution leads to more deaths in Connecticut than in any other New England state.