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EPA says acid rain control could run $6 billion a year

An extensive acid rain control program could cost the United States up to $6 billion a year, and there is no proof that coal-burning industries cause most of the pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency said.

EPA head Anne M. Gorsuch said recent studies have raised doubts that coal-burning industries of the Midwest are the chief source of acid rain, which pollutes waters of the Northeast and Canada.

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Scientists, environmentalists, and the Canadian government claim acid rain comes from tall smokestack emissions which are carried long distances before being washed out of the air in rain or snow.

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