Monday, September 25, 2017

Clean Air Act Digest, 3.1.12

US Climate Action Network


Congressional Update:


Starting this week, the Senate is considering amendments to the Surface Transportation Act, S. 1813.  Senator Collins (R-ME) is seeking to offer an amendment—completely unrelated to transportation—that would block EPA’s standards to reduce mercury and other toxic air pollutants from industrial boilers and incinerators. The amendment is similar to her bill, S. 1392, and to the House companion H.R. 2250, and would fundamentally weaken the Clean Air Act and delay the boiler standards by a minimum of 3 ½ years, resulting in up to 28,350 more premature deaths, over 17,000 heart attacks, and more than 180,000 cases of asthma attacks.  For more information, see John Walke’s blog, and see the urgent action on this amendment, below.  An amendment offered by Senator Barasso to block the EPA standards to reduce toxic air emissions from cement plants could also come up for a vote.


Republican leadership pulled the House version of the transportation bill, HR 7, from the House floor because it didn’t have enough support to pass; they are currently rewriting it. Several amendments attacking the Clean Air Act were filed for the first version of HR 7 and are likely to return when the House takes up the new version,
possibly next week.


This week (February 28-29), the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit held two days of hearings on industry lawsuits challenging the Obama Administration’s greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air
Act. A ruling is expected this summer.


Oppose Dirty Air Amendments on the Senate Transportation Bill

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) has introduced an amendment to the Senate transportation bill that would eliminate EPA toxic air pollution standards for industrial boilers and incinerators. The Environmental Protection Agency has said these limits will save up to 8,100 lives every year once they take effect. This legislation, officially known as the “EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011,” was introduced last year, but so far attempts to attach it to other bills, such as the recent payroll tax cut bill, have been blocked.  This and other dirty air riders do not belong in the surface transportation bill.

Call your U.S. Senators TODAY and urge them to protect public health and vote against the Collins amendment.This amendment could come up as soon as this week.

Click here for the full action alert and template letter.

For more information, please contact Lara Levison at


Boiler Toxics Riders Fact Sheet, Natural Resources Defense Council Fact Sheet Updated, 2.28.12

NRDC’s Doniger Previews Oral Arguments on Greenhouse Gas Rules, E&ETV Transcript, Natural Resources Defense Council,  2.28.12

US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rebound 3.3 Percent, Scientific American, 2.28.12

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Testimony Before the U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittees on Energy & Power, Environment & the Economy, Environment Protection Agency Press Release, 2.28.12

Houston Toads: New Victims of Climate Change, National Wildlife Federation Blog, 2.27.12

Will the Courts Kill the EPA’s Climate Rules?, The Washington Post, 2.27.12

City of Minneapolis Supports Federal Clean Air Act, Press Release, 2.24.12

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

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.