TN cross state pollution
In Washington, a pollution power play that's pitting eight states against nine others, including Tennessee.
Some northeastern states claim their neighbors have been slow to adopt technology that could dramatically cut pollution to their area.
The northeastern states petitioned the environmental protection agency to force nine Midwestern and southern states to cut down on ozone pollution.
That comes as the Supreme Court considers an EPA rule that would've tightened pollution standards for twenty-eight of the so-called upwind states.
But the Midwestern and southern states say it's more complicated than coal plants.
Governor Jack Markell (D) Delaware, "if we turned off every source of pollution within our state now we would still oftentimes not be in compliance with standards because of what's coming to us from outside"
Jeff Holmstead, Bush Administration EPA Assistant Administrator, "It is the problem caused by the collection of many, many people, and many vehicles."
Tuesday's petition was filed by the governors of Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
The states named in the petition are Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Those states point out that their power plants help provide a lot of energy to the northeast.