NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is applauding a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that upholds environmental rules meant to reduce pollution from power plants in the Midwest that dirties the air along the East Coast.

Whitehouse says for too long, coal-fired plants elsewhere have been allowed to export dirty air to states including Rhode Island. The Democrat says Tuesday's 6-2 decision means the Environmental Protection Agency will now be able to do its job and protect the American people from dirty air.

The high court's decision upholds a rule adopted by the EPA in 2011 to limit emissions that create smog and soot that drifts into the air above states along the East Coast. The polluting states will be forced to reduce smokestack pollution that dirties the air in states downwind.