What middle-size cities offer: Clean Air

Air pollution continues to plague many large U.S. cities, where coal plants and tailpipe emissions poison the air with asthma-aggravating, cancer causing ozone and particle emissions. But the picture, and the air, is much clearer in Peoria, Springfield and a few dozen other mid-sized meccas, according to the American Lung Association’s annual report. See what the air rates where you live.

EPA proposes new controls on sulfur and nitrogen oxide pollution from power plants

As Congress settles in to debate how to control the primary greenhouse gas contributor, carbon dioxide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today it’s going after sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from power plants.

The EPA is proposing regulations that would reduce air pollution, specifically smog and ozone that contribute to asthma and heart attacks, from these gases across a broad swath of the U.S.