Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Clean Air Act Digest, 11.1.13

Clean Air Act Digest




On October 28, Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY) released a discussion draft of legislation that would repeal the current Clean Air Act authority to set standards for America’s biggest carbon polluters. The proposed bill would repeal all current and pending EPA proposals for power plant carbon pollution standards, bar almost all standards for new coal plants, repeal EPA’s authority to issue carbon pollution guidelines for existing dirty power plants, and require a new Act of Congress before any national regulation of existing power plant carbon pollution would be allowed. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has been working with Rep. Whitfield to introduce similar legislation in the Senate. This draft legislation would do real and lasting harm to future generations if it became law. Various environmental groups sent letters to both the House and Senate opposing this draft legislation. (NRDC, 10.29.13)

Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Members of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition gave one minute speeches on the House floor on the impacts of extreme weather and climate change. Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) held a press conference in the morning with Sandy survivors, and in the evening, Rep. Holt and Rep. Tonko (D-NY) held a special order session of speeches on the House floor. On the same day, there were two hearings in the House, one on the technological feasibility of Carbon Capture and Sequestration and one on coal communities. (NRDC, 10.29.13)




The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding 11 public listening sessions across the country this fall 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. Please note: several event were rescheduled because of the government shutdown. Click here to see when the EPA will be coming to a city near you (updated October 18,2013).

Click here to register for the following upcoming listening sessions: Boston, MA and Lenexa, KS (Nov. 4), San Francisco, CA (Nov. 5), Washington DC, Dallas, TX, and Seattle, WA (Nov. 7), or Philadelphia, PA and Chicago, IL (Nov. 8).




Add your Voice: Demand Limits on Carbon Pollution from New Power Plants

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a revised proposal to reduce carbon pollution from new power plants. This is an important step in protecting American families from harmful, unregulated carbon pollution and protecting the future of our planet.

Join the 3.2 million voices that have already urged the EPA to support a limit on carbon pollution!


Speak Out in Support of Carbon Pollution Rules for New Power Plants, American Sustainable Business Council Action Alert

Stand Up to Big Polluters: Support the EPA’s Action on Climate Change, League of Conservation Voters Action Alert

Tell the EPA You Support their New Limits on Carbon Pollution from Power Plants, Moms Clean Air Force Action Alert

Demand Limits to Carbon Pollution, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Action Alert

Don’t Let Big Coal Kill the EPA’s Crucial, New Rules, Save Our Environment Action Alert

Fight Back Against Climate-Destroying Carbon Pollution, Sierra Club Action Alert




Oppose the Whitfield, Manchin Attack on Our Health: Senate, Community Sign-on Letter, 10.30.13

Oppose the Whitfield, Manchin Attack on Our Health: House, Community Sign-on Letter, 10.30.13

Whitfield Bill Puts Big Coal in Charge of Carbon Pollution Standards, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Blog, 10.29.13

The Next Superstorm: Will Congress Protect Us?, Natural Resources Defense Council, 10.29.13

Tom Udall, Mark Udall Fight for National Renewable Electricity Standard, Senator Udall Press Release, 10.29.13

First Markey Senate Bill Creates Jobs, Quadruples America’s Clean Electricity Production, Senator Markey Press Release, 10.31.13

Colorado has seen the Face of Climate Change, Denver Post Blog, 10.29.13

Businesses Support President’s Climate Action Plan in Light of Hurricane Sandy 1 Year Anniversary, Sign-on Letter, 10.29.13


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.