Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Clean Air Act Digest, 10.11.13

Clean Air Act Digest



Today is day 11 of the government shutdown following House Republicans’ refusal to vote on a “clean” Continuing Resolution to fund the government. The federal government is still predicted to run out of funds to pay its debts on October 17. The House Republican leadership has indicated a willingness to temporarily suspend enforcement of the debt ceiling, but a deal to reopen the government continues to be elusive. Republicans in the Senate, however, are crafting a proposal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling for three months. Discussions between the White House and Congress are ongoing. In the meantime, two Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public hearings on carbon pollution standards for existing power plants, scheduled for next week, have been postponed due to the shutdown. For more information, see the events section below.




The EPA plans to hold 11 public hearings across the country in October and November to solicit input on reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants through the Clean Air Act. This is one of the first steps in the EPA’s process of issuing standards for existing power plants by June 2014, as directed by a Presidential Memorandum on June 25, 2013. The dates of these events are subject to change due to the government shutdown. Click here to see when the EPA will be coming to a city near you.




Urge Congress to Get Back to Work!

For the first time in 17 years, the government has shut down due to Congressional gridlock over policy debates. EPA and other vital government agencies have had to close their doors, putting our nation’s economy, health, and environment at risk and leaving thousands of people without a paycheck.

Don’t let the planet and human health suffer the consequences of government shutdown. Urge Congress to pass a clean funding bill to put the federal government back to work.


Stand Up Against the Dangerous Eco-Effects of the Government Shutdown, Environmental Defense Fund Action Alert

Put the National Interest Over Partisan Interest, Friends Committee on National Legislation Action Alert

Tell Congress to End the Shutdown and Let the EPA Get Back to Work, Moms Clean Air Force Action Alert

Don’t let House Bullies Keep our Government Shut Down, Natural Resources Defense Council Action Alert

Help Vital Wildlife Conservation Continue, National Wildlife Federation Action Alert

Tell John Boehner: Put Country Before Party! End the Shutdown!, Sierra Club Action Alert




Effects of Federal Government Shutdown on State and Local Air Programs, National Association of Clean Air Agencies Fact Sheet, 10.8.13

Government Shutdown and the EPA: Environmental Dangers of Congressional Recklessness, The Hill Congress Blog (by Joel A. Mintz), 10.8.13

Reject a Piecemeal Approach to Funding Federal Programs, Coalition for Sensible Safeguards Letter, 10.7.13

Government Shutdown Impacts on Sensible Safeguards, Coalition for Sensible Safeguards Website, 10.13

Environmental Community Opposes the Piecemeal Funding of Select Government Programs, Community Sign-on Letter, 10.13

Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act: The Legal Foundation for Strong, Flexible & Cost-Effective Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants, Environmental Defense Fund Report, 10.13


Above is a sampling of the most recent resources related to upholding the Clean Air Act. Don’t forget USCAN has a series of pages that compile items like these and much more:

Congressional Attacks on the Clean Air Act

Industrial Carbon Pollution Standards

Standards for Power Plants and Other Major Emitters

Clean Vehicle Standards


Clean Air Act Digest is a publication put together by US Climate Action Network and Natural Resources Defense Council. Please contact Lara Levison at for more details. Click here for past issues.