Sunday, September 24, 2017

Clean Air Act Digest, 7.12.12

Clean Air Act Digest




As we reported at the end of last month, the House Appropriations Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2013 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which contains many harmful anti-environmental riders and deep cuts in funding for a wide range of environmental programs. During the full committee markup, amendments passed to prevent EPA from reducing carbon pollution from vehicles and power plants. The bill may move to the floor of the House this month.

The House will vote on a trio of anti-regulatory bills, including the “Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act of 2012″ (H.R. 4078), the “Midnight Rule Relief Act of 2012″ (H.R. 4607), and the “Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2012” (H.R. 3862), during the week of July 23, if not sooner. These bills would shut down the entire regulatory system, endangering the health, clean air, safety, and economic stability of every American. For more information, see Elly Pepper’s blog.


On June 14, as a result of litigation, EPA proposed revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for fine particle pollution (soot). Soot comes from power plant smokestacks, cars, and other industrial sources and can cause asthma attacks, heart attacks, and even death. These life-saving standards will revise the 2006 Bush administration standards that were struck down as not sufficiently protective of human health. The comment period has started and will run through August 31. There will be public hearings in Philadelphia and Sacramento on July 17 and 19; see below for more details.


–Thanks to Sierra Club for the language!

Support EPA’s Rule for Strong Soot Protections

The EPA recently proposed a new rule to protect America’s families and children from fine particulate matter, also called soot. Soot is a danger to some of the most vulnerable parts of the population, including children, the elderly, those with heart and lung disease, and low income people. This dangerous form of air pollution can cause damage to the heart and lungs, asthma attacks, and even premature death. EPA made the right choice to keep our air clean and safe to breathe, but the agency is already facing pressure from big polluters who are trying to stop this life-saving standard. However, we have a chance to show our support for this vital clean air protection. The EPA is currently taking public comments on their proposed soot standard. Your public support will make a difference, so take action today and tell polluters it’s time to clear our skies and protect public health. Use the action alerts liked below to send a comment to the EPA and support their proposal today!

Stand Up for Strong Soot Protections, Sierra Club Action Alert:

Support the EPA’s Limit on Harmful Soot Pollution, Moms Clean Air Force Action Alert:

Help Us Cut Deadly Soot Pollution, Earthjustice Action Alert:


The EPA will hold two public hearings on the soot standards:

One hearing will be held on July 17, 2012, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at:

William J. Green Federal Building

600 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106


The other hearing will be held on July 19, 2012, in Sacramento, California, at:

California Air Resources Board

1001 “I” Street Sacramento, CA 95814


To sign up, send an email to giving the name of the witness(es) and the time slot you seek. For more information, visit the EPA website.


The ‘Coal-blooded’ Effects of Climate Change, Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Young, Article,, 7.10.12

What Do ObamaCare and EPA Climate Rules Have to Do With Each Other?, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Blog, 7.9.12

EPA Proposes Rule to Cut Smog and Soot Pollution From Power Plants in Eastern and Midwestern US, Natural Resources Defense Council Blog, 7.6.12

5 Reasons Moms Love The New Soot Standard, Moms Clean Air Force Blog, 6.28.21

Above is a sampling of the most recent resources related to upholding the Clean Air Act. Don’t forget USCAN has a series of pages that compile items like these and much more:

Congressional Attacks on the Clean Air Act

Industrial Carbon Pollution Standards

Standards for Power Plants and Other Major Emitters

Clean Vehicle Standards

Clean Air Act Digest is a publication put together by US Climate Action Network and Natural Resources Defense Council. Please contact Lara Levison at for more details. Click here for past issues.