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Clean Air Act Digest, 5.20.11

US Climate Action Network



Boiler Toxics Delay:

On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indefinitely delayed crucial health protections designed to reduce public exposure to airborne toxics such as mercury, arsenic, lead, and acid gases by thousands of tons per year. The delay or “stay” puts off the effectiveness of pollution controls for more than 13,000 boilers and process heaters operating at major sources of industrial pollution. Read more here:

Air Toxics:

On Tuesday, Senator Inhofe and Representatives Upton and Whitfield sent a letter calling for an extension to the comment period and a delay to the Mercury and Air Toxics Rule. On Wednesday, the American Lung Association sent a letter to EPA Administrator Jackson opposing any delay.

Smog Standards:

The Obama Administration is poised to complete the reconsideration of the ozone health standards by late July. The Clean Air community is continuing to put pressure on the Administration to finalize a strong standard that follows the science and protects public health.


Unacceptable Delay Puts Lives at Risk: EPA, Strengthen the Smog Standard NOW

Urge EPA to move forward without further delay.

Please see the American Lung Association’s action alert here or contact Paul Billings at for more information.

Comments for Mercury and Air Toxics Standards:

After 20 years of delay, the Environmental Protection Agency has finally proposed strong mercury and air toxics standards for power plants. EPA’s proposed standards for power plants that burn coal and oil are projected to save as many as 17,000 American lives every year by 2015. However, it’s up to us to demonstrate powerful public demand over the next few months to keep the standard strong against relentless industry attacks.

These standards have officially been entered into the Federal Register. We now have until July 5th, 2011 to submit comments. Please see the Sierra Club’s factsheet, sample action alert and comment card for more information. If you are planning to generate comments please contact Lyndsay Moseley at


EPA Power Plant Air Toxics Dear Colleague:

Representative Capps, Schakowsky and Wasserman Schultz are currently circulating a dear colleague letter in the House of Representatives in support of the EPA Power Plant Air Toxics Standard. Please urge Representatives to sign on to this letter to show support for protecting kids from mercury and toxic air pollution. For more details please contact Paul Billings at America Lung Association, Also, check out the Sierra Club’s online action alert.

Mercury and Air Toxics Coalition Letter:

Environment America, is circulating a coalition letter intended to show broad support for the standards from many different stakeholders. Feel free to circulate this far and wide, as we want as many groups as possible on the letter. There is no deadline yet. All organizations are welcome, please view the letter and sign on here. For more information contact Shelly Vinyard at


Public Hearings for Mercury and Air Toxics Standards:

EPA will hold public hearings on the recently released Mercury and Air Toxics Standards in Philadelphia, Chicago and Atlanta. Each hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m. (local time). The public may preregister to speak at the hearings at a specific time. People also may register in person on the day of the hearing, and will be worked in to openings in the schedule of speakers. To get involved contact Sierra Club Coordinator Jessica Hodge at

May 24: Chicago, Ill.

Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro

799 West Madison Street

Chicago, Ill. 60611

Preregistration deadline passed. Register in person on the day of the hearing.

There will be buses departing from Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin please contact for more information. Also, there will be some transport departing from Michigan to Chigago please contact Tiffany Hartung at 231-747-7489 for more information. (East Lansing, Kalamazoo, Benton Harbor, Muskegon, Holland, Grand Rapids)

Special event:
* Baby Buggy Brigade in support of strong EPA rules during the hearing, at 10:30am, on the corner of Halsted and Monroe (1/2 block from the hearing).

May 24: Philadelphia, Pa.

Westin Philadelphia

99 South 17th Street at Liberty Place

Philadelphia, Pa. 19103

Preregistration deadline passed. Register in person on the day of the hearing.

Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, Union of Concerned Scientists
and League of Conservation Voters are sponsoring a FREE bus to the EPA
public hearing on the recently proposed Mercury and Air Toxics rule, to be
held in Philadelphia next Tuesday, May 24, 2011. The bus will leave at
9:15 am and return participants to Washington DC on the same day around
5:30pm. For more information see the memo here.

Special events include:

*Stroller brigade outside from 1-1:30 p.m. Bring your baby and stroller!

*Join us in the Director’s Room all day for movies, information, snacks, and help preparing your testimony.

*Mercury hair testing 5:30-7:00 p.m.

May 26: Atlanta, Ga.

Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center

61 Forsyth Street SW

Atlanta, Ga. 30303-8960

Preregistration deadline 5 p.m., May 23

Special events include:

*Free Mercury Hair Testing from 12 Noon-1 p.m. at the Vintage Barber Shop in the Healey Building (57 Forsyth Street Atlanta, GA 30303)

*Fish Fry at 5:30 p.m. hosted with resources provided by the Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI).

More information can be found here:

Official Regulatory Actions Page – Environmental Protection Agency

Announcement Public Hearings (PDF) – Federal Register – 4.28.11

How to Prepare Mercury and Air Toxics Public Comment, Sierra Club


Senator Scott Brown Couldn’t Be Further Off-base, Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund Blog 5.18.11

Letter to Administrator Jackson Supporting Mercury and Air Toxics Standard, American Lung Association 5.18.11

Lisa Jackson Steps Back (Again) on Boiler MACT: One of the Top 12 Rules Now in Indefinite Limbo. Delay Violates the Clean Air Act, Center For Progressive Reform Blog 5.18.11

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