– Several weeks ago Representative Upton, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced his “Dirty Air” bill. This legislation would put a stop to the regulation of green house gases from big polluters like coal and oil refineries. The latest intelligence is that his bill will begin moving through the Committee during the coming month. President Obama has made it clear that he would veto legislation that interferes with life-saving EPA protections.
– On Wednesday, the American Lung Association released a poll that shows that Americans support the work of the EPA to keep our air clean, “Survey Says: Bipartisan Voters Nationwide Support the Clean Air Act, Oppose Congressional Interference”
Key poll results indicate the level of concern expressed by voters regarding their right to breathe healthy air:
– 69 percent think the EPA should update Clean Air Act standards with stricter limits on air pollution;
– 68 percent feel that Congress should not stop the EPA from updating Clean Air Act standards;
– And a bipartisan 69 percent majority believe that EPA scientists, rather than Congress, should set pollution standards.
(For more information and the full report, click here)
Sample Action Alert: Hold Congress Accountable for Votes to Strip Public Health Protections
The House spending bill (H.R. 1) that was introduced last week would slash the Environment Protection Agency’s budget, putting our air and water at risk. Over the course of the last 7 days, this bill has been loaded down by earmarks that would further threaten our public health and degrade our land. And last night, the Republican controlled House passed this bill [include final vote count]. If signed into law, it would recklessly cut $100 billion in government spending by Oct. 1 and would inflict grave harm to our economy and to our health. This legislation would mean
more life-threatening air and water pollution, more global warming and less clean energy.
These attacks on our air, water, and land are unacceptable. House Members that vote for H.R. 1 must be held accountable. Instead of sending a letter directly to your Representative, consider sending a letter to the Editor of your local newspaper. This is an opportunity to share the devastating and broad reaching implications of this legislation with other concerned constituents. It is time for the Senate to assemble their own budget package and it will be critical to hold Senators responsible for their actions. See the sample letters from NRDC or contact Jamie Consuegra at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
EPA NSPS Listening Sessions: Comment Deadline
Listening sessions on greenhouse gas standards for fossil fuel fired power plants and petroleum refineries have been underway since February 4th, 2011. EPA will accept written comments on the planned rulemakings until March 18, 2011. Click here for information on submitting comments. Please note that there will be an official comment period on the rules once proposed.
1. EPA NSPS Listening Sessions:
Session 4: Coalition Group Representatives
Date: Feb. 23, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST
Location: Washington D.C.
EPA East building
1201 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC, 20460
Directions: Click here
Click here for information on session 5.
Click here for EPA Green House Gas Listening Session No. 2 Webcast, Atlanta, GA. 2.15.11.
2. Boiler Air Toxics Final Ruling:
The Environmental Protection Agency’s draft health safeguard for boilers and incinerators, proposed in June 2010 after a decade of delay, is expected to save nearly five thousand lives each year and prevent 3,000 heart attacks, 33,000 cases of aggravated asthma, and millions of acute respiratory problems. The benefits of the proposed health safeguard are projected to outweigh the costs by at least $14 billion every year. EPA has until February 21, 2011 to release the final standard for hazardous air pollution from industrial and commercial boilers and incinerators.