Four Clean Air Act attacks were introduced in the House last week:
Efforts to hamstring the Clean Air Act are underway in the Senate:
But there are members of Congress that are speaking out against these attacks:
Oppose Attempt To Exempt Cement Industry From Cleaning Up Their Toxin Pollution
Cement plants emit tremendous amounts of mercury, a dangerous neurotoxicant that can impair a child’s ability to think and learn. The EPA has recently issued new health protections will at long last bring cement plants’ toxic pollution under control, slashing emissions of mercury, hydrochloric acid, and particulate matter by more than 90 percent. The technology to reduce this pollution is available and has been for years, is affordable to cement companies, and will be installed, operated, and maintained by American workers.
But under a legislative loophole that allows Members of Congress to challenge regulations issued in the last 60 days, these health protections are under threat. Rep. John Carter (R-TX) is trying to build support for a congressional resolution (H.J. RES 9) that would permanently prevent this rule from entering into force. Stand up for clean air by calling your members of Congress and urge them to oppose this resolution. See Earthjustice’s action alert for more information or contact Stephanie Maddin at email@example.com for more information.
Sign on to a Letter Opposing Roll Backs to Pollution Limits for Cement Plants.
Please sign on to a letter opposing a bill (H.J. Res. 9) that would roll back limits for mercury and other toxic air pollutants from cement plants. Medical and health professional and advocacy organizations, faith groups, parents’ groups, environmental groups, and other supportive groups at the state and national level are invited to sign by Noon Eastern time Monday 1/24/11. The letter’s text and sign-on form are found here. Contact Karen Florini for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-572-3318).
The comment period to support EPA’s recent action on Texas permitting programs is now open.
We are looking to drive comments at a national scale to support EPA’s recent action and to ask EPA to do more to ensure that Texas follows the law. Click here for a comment card provided by the Sierra Club you can use as a template. The email and address for comments is on the card. The deadline for comments is February 12, 2011.
Public Hearing in Dallas, Texas on Proposed Actions on Texas Permitting Programs
EPA is holding a public hearing on its proposed partial approval and disapproval of the Texas Prevention of Significant Deterioration State Implementation Plan and Federal Implementation Plan today, January 14, 2011. Details at: http://www.epa.gov/NSR/actions.html#jan11.