ALBANY, N.Y., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Six of New York's largest coal-burning plants have agreed to implement a host of measures to significantly reduce emissions that create acid rain and smog.
Republican Gov. George Pataki and Democratic Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced the settlement Tuesday in Albany, saying that by installing filters, using cleaner-burning fuels and closing down the oldest facilities the plants would cut pollution by the equivalent of 2.5 million cars and all diesel trucks and buses in the nation, the New York Times reported.
"This is a historic afternoon, and it's not because I'm holding a press conference with Eliot Spitzer," said Pataki, referring to Spitzer's very public ambition to be New York's next governor.
Pataki said the settlement represents "the largest single reduction of pollutants as a result of a settlement ever, in the history of New York State."