Study finds air polluters more likely to locate near downwind state borders

Read the full story from Indiana University.

Research by an Indiana University professor and colleagues at two other universities reveals a pattern of companies strategically locating facilities where wind will carry pollution across state lines.

Locating factories and power plants near downwind borders can allow states to reap the benefits of jobs and tax revenue but share the negative effects — air pollution — with neighbors…

The study, “Gone With the Wind: Federalism and the Strategic Location of Air Polluters,” was published in the American Journal of Political Science. Other authors are James Monogan, assistant professor of political science at the University of Georgia, and Neal Woods, associate professor of political science at the University of South Carolina.

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