Clean Air Act Digest, 3.16.12
On Wednesday, the Senate passed S. 1813, the much-debated surface transportation act. As we mentioned last week, this legislation was a potential vehicle for Clean Air Act riders. However, last Thursday the Senate successfully rejected the Collins amendment to block EPA’s air toxics standards for industrial boilers. The final package did not include any attacks on our air.
Earlier this week Senator Inhofe (R-OK) garnered enough signatures to discharge his resolution of disapproval from the Environmental and Public Works Committee. His resolution would void the EPA’s recently finalized Mercury and Air Toxics standard. Starting in 2016, This safeguard is expected to prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths every year. To read more about the standard, please visit John Walke’s blog.
The House was on recess this week, but we expect them to take up the transportation bill upon their return. It is still unclear whether they will adopt the Senate bill, or a version of their bill that could get enough votes to pass. Several amendments attacking the Clean Air Act were filed for the first version of HR 7 and are likely to resurface in the coming weeks.
Carbon Pollution Standards:
The EPA has yet to release carbon pollution standards for new power plants. We expect to see a proposed rule in the near future. Check out USCAN’s new webpage dedicated to these new standards.
Tell Your US Senators What You Think About Their Votes:
Please contact your US Senators to express your thanks or disappointment in their votes on the Collins amendment last week. On Thursday, March 8, Senator Collins’ amendment to block EPA’s air toxics standards for industrial boilers failed on the Senate floor. Offered to the unrelated Surface Transportation Act (S. 1813), the amendment needed 60 votes to pass but received a vote of 52-46. This anti-environmental rider would have re-written toxics standards for industrial boilers, stripping away long-standing Clean Air Act provisions that require deep reductions in toxic air pollution and firm compliance deadlines.
To find out how your Senators voted, click here.
Here is an example of a thank-you letter for a vote against the Collins Amendment, from Sierra Club President Michael Brune.
For more information, please contact Lara Levison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson for a Mom-to-Mom Discussion about Air Pollution and Kid’s Health:
On March 19, 2012, 4:15-5:00 PM EST/1:15-2:00 PST, United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) Lisa Jackson will join other moms for an online conversation about the “controversy” of clean air in the midst of an asthma epidemic.
Presented by MomsRising, Mocha Moms and the Moms Clean Air Force, this online event will take place on BlogTalkRadio. Participants will be able to ask questions, comment and engage each other and panel speakers via live chat and Twitter.
To RSVP, click here.
Help spread the word; see sample social media below.
As a mom, what would YOU ask EPA Admin Lisa Jackson about #cleanair and your kids’ health? Here’s your chance: http://bit.ly/w4PluP
Join EPA Admin and #mom Lisa Jackson for an online discussion of #parenting, #cleanair and kids health. http://bit.ly/w4PluP
Kids asthma is epidemic & serious, so why is clean air “controversial”? Join EPA Admin & Mom Lisa Jackson to find out. http://bit.ly/w4PluP
More than 7 million kids have asthma in this country, yet people in Washington question the need for clean air. Join EPA Admin and mom Lisa Jackson for an online discussion about parenting, kids health, and how to make clean air NOT controversial! http://bit.ly/w4PluP
Video: Jessica Capshaw – Why I Joined Moms Clean Air Force, Moms Clean Air Force Video, 3.16.12
Air Pollution “Will Become Bigger Global Killer than Dirty Water,” The Guardian, 3.15.12
States Have Led the Way in Curbing Carbon Pollution from New Power Plants, Environmental Defense Fund Fact Sheet, 3.13.12
Ohio Kids with Asthma: The Real Face of Climate Change?, Public News Service Ohio, 3.12.12
Clean Air and Public Safety Triumph over Keystone XL and Dirty Energy in the Senate, Natural Resources Defense Council Blog, 3.9.12
Don’t forget the Clean Air Act fan page on Facebook.
Clean Air Act Digest is a publication put together by US Climate Action Network and Natural Resources Defense Council. Please contact Lara Levison at email@example.com for more details. Click here for past issues.