Children born in four largely rural New Jersey counties may have been impacted before birth by coal emissions from a power plant along the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, researchers say.

Researchers at Lehigh University found a significant increase in these counties in babies born with low and very low birth weights. The study was able to make a strong case the culprit was the Pennsylvania plant because they were studying a largely rural area that had no other significant source of sulfur dioxide pollution.

“We want people to see that we do have a real case where cross border pollution impact is not resolved by state by state regulations,” lead researcher Muzhe Yangsaid said.

SOURCE:, April 3, 2017