As many as 400,000 people across the commonwealth could qualify for health benefits under the expansion.
According to the Maryland Department of the Environment, about 70 percent of the air pollution in Maryland comes from other states. Local officials say that their efforts to improve air quality are being thwarted by upwind states with less stringent environmental standards, and that the Environmental Protection Agency should be doing more to hold those states accountable. Last week, Maryland filed a lawsuit against the EPA, saying it was failing to enforce the U.S. Clean Air Act’s “good neighbor” provision, which requires the agency to address interstate transport of air pollution.
- Scott Dance Reporter, Baltimore Sun; @ssdance
- Ben Grumbles Maryland Secretary of the Environment; @MDEnvironment
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