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N.Y. limits emissions that cause acid rain

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state on Wednesday limited smokestack emissions in what environmentalists say will be the nation's toughest regulations on pollutants that cause acid rain.

The state Environmental Board ordered reductions in sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide to curb acid rain, as well as help people with asthma and other respiratory ailments, said state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Erin Crotty.

"They are the toughest acid rain regulations in the country," Crotty said. "Hopefully New York will become a model."

Environmentalists say that in the Adirondacks alone, acid rain has created more than 500 "dead" lakes and ponds with little plant or animal life.

But State Business Council spokesman Matthew Maguire said the regulations will not significantly reduce acid rain because most emissions in New York's air come from Midwestern plants.