What is Being Done?
The Federal Clean Air Act requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address visibility impacted by haze in federal Class I areas (designated national parks and wilderness areas). In 1999, EPA issued the Regional Haze Rule, requiring states and interested tribes to take steps aimed at reducing emissions of haze-causing pollution from numerous sources. Under the rule, all states must identify key sources of haze-causing pollution, develop plans to reduce emissions from these sources, and submit these plans to EPA by December 17, 2007.
To facilitate this, EPA established five regional planning organizations across the nation. Connecticut belongs to the MANE-VU regional planning organization:
Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Region Visibility Union (MANE-VU)
MANE-VU represents Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the Penobscot tribe, Rhode Island, St. Regis Mohawk tribe and Vermont, as well as federal environment, forest, park and wildlife agencies. MANE-VU also works with Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association (MARAMA).
Seven Class I areas exist in the MANE-VU region. They are Moosehorn Wilderness Area, Roosevelt Campobello International Park, and Acadia National Park in Maine; Great Gulf Wilderness Area and Presidential Range - Dry River Wilderness Area in New Hampshire; Lye Brook Wilderness Area in Vermont; and Brigantine Wilderness Area in New Jersey.
Although the Regional Haze Rule is meant to reduce air pollution and increase visibility in Class I areas, efforts to clean up haze-causing pollution will also improve views of other natural areas and city skylines throughout the region, and will protect public health from the effects of fine particle pollution.
Haze Related Links
NESCAUM Haze information
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
National Park Service
American Lung Association
Regional Haze Planning Organizations:
Central States Regional Air Partnership (CENRAP)
Midwest Regional Planning Organization
Visibility Improvement State and Tribal Association of the Southeast (VISTAS)
Western Regional Air Partnership (WRAP)
Content Last Updated May 13, 2019