Clean Air Act Digest, 2.3.12
In a conference committee meeting February 2nd on the payroll tax bill, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) called for including H.R. 2250, the bill to block EPA’s standards to reduce mercury and other toxic air pollutants from industrial boilers. The House passed H.R. 2250 in October; similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate (S. 1392). EPA’s proposal requires just 1 percent of the 1.5 million industrial boilers in this country to clean up their pollution but will deliver major health benefits by preventing up to 8,100 premature deaths, 52,000 asthma attacks and 5,100 heart attacks each year. For more information, see John Walke’s blog.
Sources: E&E News for February 2, 2012, EPA.
In a February 1st letter to the Office of Management and Budget, House Energy and Commerce Republican leaders argued that the Administration should not go forward with regulations to regulate greenhouse gases from new and modified power plants through the New Source Performance Standard program. Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI), Joe Barton (R-TX), and Ed Whitfield (R-KY) claim the standards will harm the economy. Carbon pollution threatens the health of Americans by causing more severe heat waves and contributing to more devastating floods, rising sea levels, poor air quality and many other health threats. Power plants are the nation’s biggest carbon polluters, and there are no national limits on that pollution. For more information, see David Doniger’s blog.
EPA’s draft regulations for reducing greenhouse gases from new and modified power plants have been under review at OMB since November 7 and are expected to be released in the next several weeks.
EPA’s final Mercury and Air Toxics Standards – reducing toxic pollution from power plans – will be published in the Federal Register on February 16. The date is significant because after the regulation is published, and also formally delivered to Congress, opponents can initiate use of a special legislative process called the Congressional Review Act to block it. In December, Senator Inhofe (R-OK) stated his intention to use the Congressional Review Act process to nullify the rule. See Pete Altman’s blog thanking the President for standing up to polluters and see clean air stories here.
Sources: E&E for December 20, 2011, EPA.
Keep the Payroll Tax Bill Clean
Please ask your organization’s members to contact their U.S. Senators and Representative about the payroll tax bill and ask them to “Keep it Clean” – do not include anti-environmental riders such as the bills to kill EPA regulations cutting emissions of toxic mercury pollution from industrial boilers (H.R. 2250 and S. 1392).
For more information or messaging materials, please contact Marie Risalvato at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power has scheduled a hearing on the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard called, “What EPA’s Utility MACT Rule Will Cost U.S. Consumers.” The hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday, February 8, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. For more information, click here.
With the support of 13 major automakers and millions of Americans, the Obama administration proposed new fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for light trucks and cars in November. If enacted, vehicles for model years 2017-2025 will be required to meet the equivalent of a 54.5 mpg standard by 2025. The deadline for comment collection for the clean cars standard will end February 13th, 2012. See sample action alerts supporting strong fuel-efficiency and global warming pollution standards on USCAN’s Clean Vehicles web page.
For messaging materials or more information, please contact Jesse Prentice-Dunn at email@example.com.
Toxic Trio Attacks EPA’s Carbon Pollution Safeguards, Natural Resources Defense Council Blog, 2.3.12
Letter to OMB Regarding Proposed GHG Regulations, House Energy and Commerce Republican leaders Letter, 2.1.12
Boiler Toxics Riders Fact Sheet, 1.26.12
Letter to Senator Wyden RE Boiler Air Toxics Standards, Environmental Protection Agency, 1.18.12
Oxnard, Pittsburgh Join Growing List of U.S. Cities Calling for Federal Action on Global Warming, Center for Biological Diversity, 1.25.12
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Check out USCAN’s Air Toxics Standards Section for the latest materials on the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.
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