Combined Effort for Clean Air?: Sentinel News Editorial

December 28th, 2008: The Sentinel News

Combined Effort for Clean Air?

Editorial

Excerpt: “When the commonwealth first proposed expanding emissions inspections for automobiles from the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas to the Harrisburg region, many Central Pennsylvanians were aghast at the notion. They felt this semi-rural region had no problems with air pollution that they could observe and considered the proposal to be just another back-door means of raising revenue.

Today, it’s hard to remember that local residents felt that way, given this region’s growing reputation for declining air quality. This past week, the Environmental Protection Agency listed Cumberland County as not meeting federal air quality standards, along with neighboring Dauphin, York, Lancaster and Lebanon counties. Local officials will have to present a remediation plan to the EPA by 2012 to be implemented by 2014 under the law.”

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