Clean Air Act Digest, 6.1.12
We are hearing that the Senate is likely to vote on Senator Inhofe’s resolution (S.J.Res. 37) to void the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for power plants during the week of June 18. Senator Inhofe and other opponents want to use an obscure procedure under the Congressional Review Act to throw out these life-saving public health standards that were finalized in December 2012—and to bar EPA from issuing any standards in the future that are substantially similar. For more information, see John Walke’s blogs from March 23, April 23, and February 16. Please contact your Senators to oppose S.J.Res. 37 and consider sending an action alert to your members (see below).
On Thursday, May 24, EPA held public hearings in Chicago, IL and Washington, DC on the proposed Carbon Pollution Standard for power plants. We are delighted to report that the turnout in support of the standard was overwhelming, thanks to vigorous organizing by a diverse group of organizations. In Chicago, 163 people testified in support of the standard, and three spoke in opposition. In DC, 149 people testified in support, and eight testified in opposition. Press events were held in both locations. According to a Craig’s List ad in Chicago, opponents had to pay individuals $50 to attend wearing pro-coal T-shirts. Thank you to everyone who testified, recruited people to testify, or attended to show your support.
Tell Your US Senators: Reject Attempt to Void Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for Power Plants and Protect our Children’s Health
US Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) continues to come to the rescue of big industrial polluters, this time by using the obscure Congressional Review Act (CRA) to try to kill EPA’s clean air standards for curbing mercury and other toxic pollutants from power plants. If Senate Joint Resolution 37 passes, this cynical procedural ploy will not only kill EPA clean air standards, it will also cost thousands of Americans—especially children—their health and lives.
EPA’s mercury and air toxics rule will:
-Save as many as 11,000 lives;
Corporate polluters and their lobbyists are working hard to block these life-saving clean air standards. It’s time to do the right thing and protect our kids, families and communities from mercury, arsenic, acid gases and other toxics pouring out of dirty power plant smokestacks. It’s time for the polluters to clean up their act.
If you are a member organization, please consider sending an action alert to your members. For additional information and/or talking points, please contact Lara Levison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because EPA scheduled only two public hearings, supporters of the Carbon Pollution Standard are organizing citizen hearings in many other locations.
Supporters are organizing one and possibly more hearings in the Southeast. The first will take place in Charlotte, NC on Monday, June 11, 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Clean Air Carolina, National Council of Churches, US Climate Action Network and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy have joined with Mayfield Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, St. Paul Baptist Church and other organizations to host a Citizen’s Hearing to give North Carolinians and other Southeastern residents the opportunity to speak to the EPA in support of carbon limits on new power plants. Click here for more details on this event: http://bit.ly/C02hearing.
A coalition of groups is organizing a series of citizen’s hearings in a number of other states. For more information on these hearings, contact the regional field director whose name is listed next to the hearing location. See contact information below the list of events.
Cincinnati, Ohio – June 5, 2012, 7-9pm – Cincinnati State University Workforce Development Center (Emily)
Cleveland, Ohio– June 6, 2012, 6-8pm – Cleveland Museum of Natural History (Emily)
Ardmore, Pennsylvania (DelCo), May 31, 2012, 6-8pm Lower Merion High School, Large Group Instruction room (Matt)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – June 14, 2012- Pittsburgh City Council Chambers, Afternoon (Matt)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – June 19, 2012, 5-8pm- City Hall Council Chambers (Matt)
Richmond, Virginia – June 21, 2012- Virginia Capitol Building (Matt)
Hampton Rhodes, Virginia – First week of June- Christopher Newport University (Matt)
Arlington, Virginia – June 9 or 10, 2012 – Arlington Public Library (Matt)
Newport News – June 11, 2012, 6-8pm – Pearl Bailey Library (Matt)
Portland, Maine- May 17, 2012 – Portland Civic Center, 10:30-noon (Matt)
Boston, Massachusetts – June 12, 2012 (tentative) – Boston Public Library (Matt)
Lansing, Michigan – May 30, 2012, 7-9pm – Michigan State University (Emily)
Minneapolis, Minnesota – June 8, 2012 – White House Community Partnership Summit (Emily)
Billings, Montana – May 21, 2012, 11 a.m. May 21 MSU-Billings Downtown Seminar Room (Bob)
Las Vegas, Nevada – June 13, 2012 – Faciliteq Building (Emily)
Concord, New Hampshire – early June – F&G Conservation Center (tentative) (Matt)
Greenland, New Hampshire – May 31, 2012, 5:30-7:30pm – Great Bay Discovery Center (Emily)
Denver, Colorado – Week of June 4, 2012 (date TBD) Denver Public Library (unconfirmed)
Santa Fe, New Mexico – Week of June 19, 2012 (Bob)
Emily Roberts, Regional Field Director: 202.548.4592 email@example.com
Matt Oberhoffner, Regional Field Director: 202.650.6080 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Clark, Regional Field Director: 406.549.1142 email@example.com
350 Health Professionals Support the Clean Air Act and the Environmental Protection Agency, Joint Sign-on Letter to Policy Makers, 5.2012
Adding Faces and Voices to the Fight to Cut Carbon Pollution,
Americans Speak Out in Support of the EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standard, La Plaza Blog, 5.25.12
Is Your Power Company Fighting in Court Against Safeguards From Mercury and Toxic Air Pollution?,
States Have Led the Way in Curbing Carbon Pollution from New Power Plants, Environmental Defense Fund Fact Sheet
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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.