Friday, November 28, 2014

Clean Air Act Digest, 3.3.11


US Climate Action Network

UPDATES

1. Legislation:

House

- Representative Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is expected to introduce legislation today that would permanently block the EPA’s ability to regulate carbon pollution. This version of the bill has been modified from the draft version released a month ago and is expected to attract the support of a few moderate democrats. Reps. Peterson (MN), Rahall (WV) and Boren (OK) have already indicated that they will co-sponsor the legislation.

Senate

- Senator Inhofe (R-OK) is expected to introduce legislation that mirrors Rep. Upton’s bill.

- On Wednesday, the Senate approved a stopgap measure that would keep the federal government funded through March 18th. The resolution will cut $4 billion in spending over the next two weeks, these cuts reflect program cuts in President Obama’s budget. While this resolution does not include any of the policy riders passed by the House two weeks ago, there are serious questions about the duration and content of the next round of budget bills.

2. Hearings:

- On Tuesday Administrator Jackson meet with Senate Democrats to discuss how best to protect the Environmental Protection Agency from Republican plans to cut its budget and rollback its ability to set standards for dangerous air pollution. Yesterday, Administrator Jackson testified in front of the Environment and Public Works Committee at the EPA Budget hearing.

- Today, Administrator Jackson is testifying in front of the House Appropriations Committee.

- Next Tuesday there will be a hearing in the Subcommittee on Energy and Power entitled “Climate Science and EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations.” The witness list is TBD.

3. Reports:

- On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency released a report on the costs and benefits of the Clean Air Act. The report found that the benefits from the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments will be nearly $2 trillion in 2020. In addition, the 1990 Amendments will prevent over 200,000 premature deaths in 2020.

4. EPA Proposed Rule for Power Plant Air Toxics:

- In mid-March we expect to see the EPA propose an updated air quality standard for life-threatening hazardous air pollution from power plants, such as mercury and arsenic. This Air Toxics safeguard is also called the “Power Plant MACT (Maximum Available Control Technology).” This move by EPA to protect public health will save lives, prevent disease and improve our air and water quality. For more information please see the Sierra Club factsheet.

IMMEDIATE UPCOMING

EVENTS

Public comment forum on EPA’s NSPS rulemakings, following final listening session on refineries:

When: Friday, March 4th
- 9:30 a.m. – Visibility event outside EPA’s Ariel Rios East building as oil executives enter building.
- 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Refinery listening session.
- 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Public comment forum. EPA has granted this dedicated session to hear all remaining public comment on their upcoming NSPS rules. We need to send a strong message out of the gate that we are 100% behind their work to stop global warming. Participation is encouraged. Contact phillip.ellis@sierraclub.org for more details.

All activities will be held at:
EPA Ariel Rios East Building
1201 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room 1153
Washington, DC, 20460
Directions: Click here

ACTION ALERTS

Tell the EPA You Support Its Efforts to Curb Carbon Pollution!

Recently, the EPA hosted a series of listening sessions to gather stakeholder input on the design of the upcoming New Source Performance Standards for power plants and refineries. These standards, targeting the two largest industrial sources of pollution, would place the first ever limits on greenhouse gas pollutants from these sectors. While we want to applaud the EPA for taking this flagship action and announcing a reasonable timeline for the issuance of these standards, we also want to encourage them to continue working as swiftly as possible to issue standards that will meaningfully reduce pollution from the largest industrial sources.

Tell the EPA you support their efforts to protect our families from carbon pollution today! See the Sierra Club’s action alert, comment card template or contact Lena Moffitt at Lena.Moffitt@sierraclub.org for more information.
EPA will accept written comments on the planned rulemakings until March 18, 2011. You can also click here for the official instructions on submitting comments. Please note that there will be an official comment period on the rules once proposed.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Sign on to Broad Clean Air Act Support Letter

On behalf of American Lung Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club, we hope you will consider joining a sign-on letter urging Congress to promote protective clean air standards and to oppose any measures to weaken protections for public health. This letter expresses support for standards to protect public health from all kinds of air pollution – toxic, conventional and global warming. The letter will be sent to every member of the U.S. Senate and U.S House of Representatives as well as to President Obama.

1. Please use the Google form to sign-on to the letter. The Google form URL is http://bit.ly/9WaFDN.

2. Once you have signed on your organization, share this note with other groups you work with and ask them to sign on as well.

The deadline is Friday, March 25th. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

NEW MATERIALS

Fact Sheet: Mercury Pollution from Coal-fired Power Plants, National Wildlife Federation 3.2.11

National Mercury and Children Ad (YouTube), Environmental Defense Fund 3.2.11

Second Prospective Report: Benefits and Costs of the Clean Air Act, Environmental Protection Agency 3.1.11

Fact Sheet: Benefits and Costs of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, Environmental Protection Agency 3.1.11

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 Kate Smolski at ksmolski@climatenetwork.org for more details. Click here for past issues.

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