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Clean Air Act Digest, 12.21.11

US Climate Action Network


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 child developmental delays, asthma attacks, heart attacks, and cancer, and save up to tens of thousands of lives.

For more information, please see a blog posted by NRDC’s president, Frances Beinecke:

The EPA has produced a number of helpful documents, which can be found here:


The House and Senate have passed two different versions of a bill to extend the payroll tax cut (HR 3630), but both include a provision to force President Obama to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline in 60 days or less. The House version also included a rollback of EPA’s regulations of toxic pollution from boilers. Opposition to the Senate’s bipartisan version of the bill from “tea party” House members has led to a stand-of, with further action appearing unlikely before January.


Thank President Obama for Keeping Toxic Mercury Out of Our Air

Today, the Obama administration announced new life-saving standards aimed at reducing mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants. This is a victory for all of our families — and you helped make it happen! Thank President Obama for this strong rule that will protect our families and communities from some of the dirtiest and deadliest pollution sources. See action alerts from Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, and Earthjustice.

Also, below are some tweets you can retweet:

@NWF New #Mercury #Cleanair Limits Put @NWF in Holiday Spirit . Thanks @EPAgov for protecting kids and wildlife!

@ELPCenter New Federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Will Protect Children’s Health and the Environment: Today, the U.S….

@LCVoters VIDEO: President Obama Announces Historic New #Mercury Emissions Standards

@NRDC Thanks @WhiteHouse and @lisapjackson for keeping our families safe from #mercury & other pollutants! Pls RT

Be sure to check out the #mercury hashtag for more.


Clean Cars Public Hearings:

NHTSA and EPA have announced that they will jointly hold three public hearings, each beginning at 10 AM local time. The hearing notice describes how to register to testify and provides more information about submitting written comments.

* Tuesday, January 17, 2012: Courtyard Detroit Downtown, 333 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226

* Thursday, January 19, 2012: Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Downtown, 1800 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

* Tuesday. January 24, 2012, Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf, 555 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

Announcement of Public Hearing (PDF), 12.9.2011

Click herefor EPA’s Climate and Transportation Standards page for updates.

To get involved or find out more, please contact Shannon Baker-Branstetter at
or 202.462.6262.


Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for Power Plants, Environmental Protection Agency Web Page

Presidential Memorandum — Flexible Implementation of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Rule, 12.21.11

IPL in Support of EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, Interfaith Power & Light Press Release

Obama Administration Finalizes Life-Saving Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, American Lung Association Press Release 12.21.11

First-Ever Mercury and Air Toxics Safeguards Will Save Lives, Joint Group Press Release 12.21.11

EPA Sets First-Ever Toxic Air Pollution Limits for Power Plants, Earthjustice Press Release 12.21.11

Ceres President Mindy Lubber Statement on EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Rule, Ceres Press Release 12.21.11

Business Leaders Support the Administration’s Finalization of Long-Overdue Mercury & Air Toxics Standards for Power Plants, 125,000 Businesses Letter 12.21.11

LCV Applauds Historic New Limits on Toxic Air Pollution, League of Conservation Voters Press Release 12.21.11

Sierra Club Applauds President Obama for Landmark Mercury Protection, Sierra Club Press Release 12.21.11

We Did It! Americans Cheer EPA for First-Ever Protections Against Toxic Mercury, Sierra Club Blog 12.21.11

President Obama & EPA Protect Public Health, Announce Landmark Mercury Standard for Power Plants, Environment America Press Release 12.21.11

A Major Public Health Win on Mercury and Other Toxics, Natural Resources Defense Council Blog

Oppose Boiler Rider, Physicians for Social Responsibility Letter 12.16.11

Dozens of Anti-Environment Riders Are Kept Out of Spending Bill, Natural Resources Defense Council Press Release 12.16.11

Don’t forget the Clean Air Act fan page on Facebook

Check out USCAN’s Air Toxics Standards Section for the latest materials on the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

USCAN’s Clean Air Act Pages include a compilation of member materials.

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.