Clean Air Act Digest, 7.8.11
Environmental Protection Agency:
Final Air Transport Rule:
Yesterday, EPA announced the finalized Cross-State Air Pollution Rule , which protects over 240 million Americans from deadly power plant air pollution by reducing emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) that cross state lines and worsen air quality in downwind states. The rule requires pollution reductions from power plants in 27 states in the eastern half of the United States. For more information, see NRDC’s blog.
The Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, released earlier this week, includes dirty air riders that would prevent the EPA from doing its job of protecting public health. Especially concerning provisions would block the EPA from curbing dangerous carbon pollution—similar to the attack we saw several months ago in H.R. 1. The bill was marked up in Subcommittee yesterday and will move to the full Appropriations Committee next Tuesday. To see a summary of the polluting provisions and their far reaching impacts, please click here.
There continue to be press reports that Congressman Whitman (R-KY) will introduce a bill that will delay the EPA’s power plant air toxics rule.
Today the TRAIN Act was passed out of the Energy and Power Subcommittee. The bill will now move to the full Energy and Commerce Committee. The ‘‘Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011” (TRAIN Act; H.R. 2401) is designed to sideline a specific list of life-saving public health protections provided by the Clean Air Act. This legislation requires a committee of cabinet secretaries and other high-level officials to scrutinize and attempt to project the economic impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) upcoming rules—an analysis that both the EPA and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) already perform. Not only does this bill require redundant analyses of EPA rules, wasting both time and taxpayer dollars, but it would also take the unprecedented step of forcing agencies to sit in judgment of each other. For more information, see NRDC’s factsheet. Please contact Ellie Pepper (firstname.lastname@example.org) at NRDC if you would like to sign on to a community letter. The deadline is COB today.
Mercury and Air Toxics Comment Deadline Extension:
We now have until Thursday, August 4th to submitt comments, for those who haven’t made their voice heard it’s time to take this extra oppurtunity to urge the EPA to finalize strong air pollution standards for power plants.
Three months ago, after 20 years of delay, the Environmental Protection Agency 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.
Don’t waste any more time to weigh in and speak up for standards that will save lives and protect children. Please see the Sierra Club’s fact sheet for more information on the proposed standards and check out this sample action alert and comment card template that can be used to draft your own.
More resources :
Unbranded Mercury and Air Toxics Comment Postcard, Sierra Club
Public Comment How-to for EPA’s Proposed Mercury Rule, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Sample action alerts:
Tell the Obama Administration to Reduce Toxic Air Pollution from Power Plants, Natural Resources Defense Council
Tell EPA: Close Toxic Air Pollution Loophole from Coal-fired Power Plants, American Lung Association
Broad Coalition Smog (Ozone) Letter
Recently, the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) unanimously advised Environmental Protection Administrator Lisa Jackson that the scientific evidence strongly supports a new ozone health standard. Setting a more protective standard would save 10,000 lives annually. Ozone, the primary component of smog, is the nation’s most pervasive air pollutant. The American Lung Association is circulating a letter which will go to President Obama to urge him to support the more protective, scientifically proven, standard. Click here to add your organization’s name to the sign-on letter to President Obama. For questions or more information please contact Tiffany Williams at TTiffanyWilliams@lungusa.org. Please feel free to share with other organizations that would consider signing as well.
Comment Delivery Event:
Thousands of Americans have been sending public comments to the EPA, urging them to strengthen clean air standards that will reduce this dangerous air pollution. A coalition of organizations and activists will deliver comments to the EPA that have been collected across the country. Dozens of representatives from the environmental, public health, minority, faith, business and other communities and elected officials will be presenting the Environmental Protection Agency with public comments asking them to set strong standards on power plants to reduce mercury pollution.
Please join the rally to make it a success. Contact Lyndsay.Moseley@sierraclub.org for more information.
When: Tuesday, July 19th, 12:00-12:30 p.m.
Where: 5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02108
Statement by Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, on U.S. EPA’s issuance of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, Ceres Press Release 7.7.11
Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Will Save Lives, Protect Public from Out-of-State Pollution, American Lung Association 7.7.11
Cross State Air Pollution Rule Fact Sheet, Environmental Defense Fund
Congressman Upton’s Hyperbolic Rant Against Hyperbole, National Resource Defense Council Blog 7.6.11
Appropriations Committee Releases the Fiscal Year 2012 Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill, Committee on Appropriations Press Release 7.6.11
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