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Press Release

For Immediate Release
April 29, 2014

Communications Office

Governor Hassan Statement on Supreme Court Ruling to Uphold EPA Provision

CONCORD – Governor Maggie Hassan released the following statement today on the United States Supreme Court's ruling to uphold an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provision that allows the EPA to regulate air pollution that crosses state borders:

"This ruling is a victory in our fight to ensure healthy air for our citizens and a healthy economy for our businesses. For too long, New Hampshire has borne the health, environmental and economic cost of pollution caused by other states.

"I call on upwind states to make the modest investments necessary - investments New Hampshire made long ago - to prevent their pollution from affecting our state. The cost of removing an additional ton of pollution in downwind states, including New Hampshire, is estimated at between $10,000 to $40,000, compared to as little as $500 a ton in upwind states, where even some basic control technologies have not been installed."

Governor Hassan announced in December that New Hampshire joined with seven Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States in petitioning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require upwind states to reduce air pollution generated within their borders.