A proposed compromise between Midwestern states and the Northeast over floating pollutants from Midwest power plants and factories that cause acid rain and smog in the Northeast has fallen through.
The Northeast has demanded for years that the Midwest and South sharply reduce emissions from plants and factories, complaining that much of the pollution is blown east by the wind and produces smog and acid rain.
Last week, New York and 10 other Northeast states offered to reduce their emission demands slightly to achieve better air quality sooner.
But officials on both sides said Wednesday there was no way the compromise would win approval, increasing the likelihood that the dispute will be settled in court.
The compromise plan was headed by officials at New York's Department of Environmental Conservation.