UPDATES Administration Update: Mercury and Air Toxics Rule After decades of industry-induced delay, the Environmental Protection Agency has issued limits on the toxic soup of emissions spewed from coal-fired power plants. The Mercury and Air Toxics rule unveiled by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is a critical update to the Clean Air Act that will reduce [...]
The good new is that House and Senate finally passed the more than $1 trillion dollar omnibus spending bill Thursday night and most of the egregious attacks on public health and the environment were left out. However, there were some notable dirty riders such as a step backward by repealing energy efficiency standards for light bulbs. Unfortunately, this bill also included provisions for exempting Arctic drilling from critical Clean Air Act standards which is not only bad for the environment but also the wrong way to legislate decisions like those.
UPDATES Administration: Next week we expect the Administration to announce life-saving standards that will curb mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants. These new measures will save up to 17,000 lives every year and will prevent 11,000 heart attacks. This is a huge victory for the clean air community. Please take this opportunity [...]
The COP 17 climate talks in Durban ended on Sunday December 11th, making it the longest COP in the history of the UN climate talks. Delegates worked into the wee hours of Sunday to broker a deal that renewed the Kyoto Protocol and set into motion a Durban Roadmap. The Durban Roadmap for the first time in the history of the UNFCCC sets up a process to negotiate a comprehensive and balanced legal instrument to avert climate change; the legal instrument which would come into force by 2020.
On Friday, December 2, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed changes to air toxic standards for boilers and incinerators that were issued in March 2011. According to EPA, the changes will maintain the rule’s public health benefits – significant reductions in toxic air pollutants, including mercury and soot – while easing the cost and difficulty of complying with the regulations.
Last Wednesday, leaders of sixteen major nonprofit organizations sent a letter to Secretary of State Clinton expressing concerns that U.S. negotiators are blocking progress at the COP17 climate talks in Durban, South Africa. Signers of the letter included: Center for International Environmental Law, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace USA, National Tribal Environmental Council, Native American Rights Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oxfam America, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Population Action International, Population Connection, Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, The Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund.
Please join US CAN in welcoming our new Outreach Director, Justin(J.P.)Leous. J.P. arrived in Durban yesterday and will be actively engaged with members and friends. J.P. has extensive experience with community organizing, climate policy and non-profit management. J.P. comes to USCAN from The Wilderness Society where he covered a range of climate-related policy issues. J.P. [...]