Companies worry about economic impact of new state regulation; advocates say action needed to protect people sensitive to smog

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Charles P. Crane Generating Station in Middle River. Maryland… (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun )

September 13, 2014|By Timothy B. Wheeler | The Baltimore Sun

Looking to protect Marylanders from unsafe levels of smog, environmental regulators are moving to clamp down on pollution from the state’s smaller coal-burning power plants, but plant owners warn that the rule could have economic consequences.

The Maryland Department of the Environment recently unveiled a draft rule two years in the planning that would require coal-burning plants in the Baltimore and Washington areas to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides by 48 percent over the next four years. Until now, the smaller plants have eluded tighter controls.

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