Clean Air Act Digest, 5.4.12
The full Energy and Commerce Committee is expected to vote on the Gasoline Regulations Act (H.R. 4471) in May (possibly May 17) and then the bill will head to the floor of the House. The American Lung Association has coined a more accurate name for the bill: the Gutting Air Standards Protection (GASP) Act. Contrary to the claims of its supporters, the GASP Act would do nothing to reduce gasoline prices. Instead, it would delay several important rules to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and it would eviscerate the Clean Air Act’s health-based standards for ozone (smog). For more information, see John Walke’s blog, the community letter of opposition, and fact sheet.
On May 9, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing on H.R. 4273, introduced by Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), which under the guise of protecting the reliability of the electricity grid would allow the override of any federal, state, and local environmental law and regulation under certain circumstances. More information will be posted on the USCAN website in the near future.
Yesterday, EPA announced that the public comment period for the carbon pollution standard would be extended until June 25, and two public hearings would be held (see events, below). 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 collect public comments in favor of the proposed carbon pollution standard.
Support EPA’s Proposal to Limit Industrial Carbon Pollution from New Power Plants:
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.
Today, May 4, 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.
Connect the Dots and Act to Curb Power Plant Carbon Pollution, Natural Resources Defense Council Blog, 5.4.12
Melanie G. Ramey: More Work Needed to Protect Clean Air, The Capital Times Opinion, 5.4.12
A Non-wonk’s Guide to the Carbon Pollution Standard, The Climate Reality Project Blog, 5.2.12
Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants Hearings Page, Environmental Protection Agency Web Page, 5.3.12
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Clean Air Act Digest is a publication put together by US Climate Action Network and Natural Resources Defense Council. Please contact Lara Levison at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Click here for past issues.