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Southern states already have proven tools at their disposal to help clean up coal-fired power plant particulates, smog and mercury as quickly as possible to protect public health and natural resources. In taking the next steps toward cleaner air, they should prefer efficiency and cleaner energy over new coal-fired plants. Southern states also should enact innovative programs to protect the public from diesel particulates. Finally, to the degree that Southern states take advantage of the dramatic public health research on air pollution and implement solutions, action to clean up air should allow leaders to promise residents an unparalleled quality of life and begin to assert an appropriate leadership in the national dialogue on air pollution.
Recommendation 3: Southern state legislatures should push for faster and bigger emission reductions, especially for mercury, than those required by the federal program. Southern state legislatures also should make sure that the greatest possible power plant nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide pollution reductions actually happen in their home states rather than through buying credits elsewhere.
4: Each Southern state legislature should fund a diesel clean-up program
designed to yield maximum health benefits for its state.
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