Clean Air Act Digest, 5.18.12
The Gasoline Regulations Act (H.R. 4471), which we are calling the Gutting Air Standards Protection (GASP) Act, passed the full Energy and Commerce Committee on May 17. This bill would do nothing about high gas prices but would block several clean air standards and gut the Clean Air Act’s health-based approach to setting ozone (smog) standards. For more information, see previous editions of the Clean Act Digest.
Last week, the U.S. EPA announced in a court filing that final standards for fine particle pollution (so-called “PM2.5”) would be delayed until August of 2013. The original deadline to issue these standards was October 2011. EPA made this announcement in a court filing relating to a lawsuit filed by the American Lung Association and the National Parks Conservation Association. ALA and NPCA this week asked the court to require the agency to adopt final standards by December of this year
One Million Comments So Far:
On Thursday, May 17, a broad coalition of groups supporting clean air safeguards announced that more than ONE MILLION Americans have shown their support for new standards to curb industrial carbon pollution from power plants by submitting comments to EPA. This is already the largest number of public comments the EPA has ever received on any issue, there is more than a month left to collect comments, and many more comments are anticipated in the weeks ahead.
As reported previously, EPA announced two public hearings on the proposed carbon pollution standard, to be held on May 24 in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, DC. Also, EPA extended the public comment period until June 25. As described in Clean Air Act Digest on March 30, this proposed safeguard sets the first national limits on carbon pollution from new electric power plants. We encourage your organization to attend the public hearings and to collect public comments in favor of the proposed carbon pollution standard. Register ASAP for the hearings – see “upcoming events” below.
Support EPA’s Proposal to Limit Industrial Carbon Pollution from New Power Plants:
Don’t forget to register to participate in the upcoming public hearings. Speaking slots are filling up in DC and Chicago – see “upcoming events” below!
The EPA’s proposed limits on industrial carbon pollution from new power plants are critical to protecting the health of our kids and families, sparking innovation in clean technologies and creating American jobs. Industrial carbon pollution spewing from power plants threatens our health. Carbon pollution fuels climate change that raises temperatures and makes smog pollution worse, which can trigger asthma attacks and permanently damage and reduce the function of children’s lungs. It’s no surprise the American people support the Clean Air Act and the EPA’s efforts to update and enforce clean air standards, including carbon and mercury emissions from power plants.
Tell the EPA that you support its efforts to protect our health with new standards to reduce carbon pollution from new power plants and urge the agency to move forward with carbon pollution standards for existing plants. Help drive comment collection by crafting an action alert for your organization.
For more information, visit the Industrial Carbon Pollution Standard web page and the comment collection toolkit on USCAN’s website. For examples of action alerts, see Clean Air Act Digest for April 27. If you have any questions regarding comment collection, contact Lucy LaFlamme at email@example.com.
Several weeks ago, EPA announced that two public hearings would be held on May 24 on the proposed carbon pollution standard in Chicago, Illinois and Washington, DC. We encourage representatives of your organizations to attend and testify in person if possible. Here are the specific locations:
• Chicago, Illinois in the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building, Lake Michigan Room (12th floor), 77 West Jackson, Chicago, IL 60603
• Washington, DC in the Ariel Rios East Building, Room 1153, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460
For more information, contact Lara Levison at USCAN, or contact the lead organizers for the two locations:
firstname.lastname@example.org – CHICAGO LEAD ORGANIZER
mattO@saveourenvironment.org – DC LEAD ORGANIZER
Lung Association to Congress: Protect Our Kids Health; Don’t Weaken the Clean Air Act, American Lung Association Statement, 5.17.12
Support for Cutting Carbon Pollution Breaks Record: 1 Million Americans Write to EPA, Natural Resources Defense Council Blog, 5.17.12
More Than One Million Comments Supporting Carbon Pollution Limits Delivered to EPA, Joint Press Statement, 5.17.12
EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson Testimony before the U.S. Senate, Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Environmental Protection Agency Press Release, 5.16.12
9 States and DC Letter in Support of Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards, CA, DE, MD, MA, WA, OR, RI, VT, CT and the District of Columbia, 5.10.12
Don’t forget the Clean Air Act fan page on Facebook.
Clean Air Act Digest is a publication put together by US Climate Action Network and Natural Resources Defense Council. Please contact Lara Levison at email@example.com for more details. Click here for past issues.