Cleaning the air
New air quality rules would build on the state’s pollution limits
New Air Quality Rules Would Build on Massachusetts’ Strict Pollution Limits By Kenneth Kimmell For years, the northeastern corner of the nation has been referred to by some as the ”tailpipe of the United States” - a place where air pollutants from across the country foul our skies and lungs. That negative moniker is due to no fault of our own, but is a casualty of our location downwind of pollution sources in regions. Under Governor Deval Patrick’s leadership, Massachusetts has led the nation in reducing pollution from power plants, cars and trucks, industrial sources and consumer products. For example, we put strict mercury limits for coal plants into effect in 2008, and the plants’ own reports confirm dramatic reductions in mercury emissions into the air.