Clean Air Act Digest, 8.15.11
As we reported recently, the fate of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations bill remains unclear. The bill (H.R. 2584) would put our nation’s air and water at risk by blocking existing and proposed safeguards. While we may not see this exact bill again, it is almost certain that the deadly policy riders will be attached to other pieces of legislation. During August recess, Members of Congress need to hear about just how bad this bill is for public health. We will continue to monitor the House and Senate spending measures closely when Members return from recess in September.
The EPA has yet to release the final ozone rule. Industry lobbyists are pushing hard for meetings with the Administration and less stringent standards. On August 11 nine Senators sent a letter to President Obama expressing disappointment in the delay of setting a strong Ozone standard. Some industry groups have gone so far as to claim that a new standard will “ban” economic growth. John Walke, NRDC’s Clean Air Director, challenged this claim in a blog earlier this week. The dire predictions that were made have since been retracted.
On August 9th President Obama announced new fuel efficiency and carbon pollution standards for heavy-duty trucks. This is a historic step forward because these are first-ever standards of this type and they start the of process of what are expected to be ongoing improvements in heavy truck performance. The standards will result in freight moving farther on a gallon of fuel and trucks that are cleaner, adding less carbon pollution to the atmosphere.
Chicago YouTube Clip:
Over 16,000 Illinoisans have urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to formally adopt its proposed Mercury & Air Toxics Rule to cut health-harming pollution from coal-fired power plants. On August 4, over 90 concerned citizens and health experts gathered outside of EPA Region 5 headquarters to call on the agency to adopt the strongest possible rule to protect public health. Click here to see a video coverage of the Chicago Air Toxics event.
Take the Clean Air Promise!
As Congress continues to consider several bills that would limit the EPA’s ability to enforce clean air standards that protect us from air pollution, the League of Women Voters and leading public health, advocacy and environmental organizations have launched the Clean Air Promise campaign – an effort to bring the coordinated assault on the clean air act to the attention to parents, families,communities and our leaders and ask them to promise to protect clean air.
Making the promise for clean air will send a message to the big polluters that it’s time to change business-as-usual. Visit http://cleanairpromise.org/ and make the promise.
Senators Push Administration for Action to Protect Air Quality, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Press Release and Letter 8.11.11
16,000 Illinoisans Stand Up for Clean Air, YouTube Video 8.5.11
Clean Air Promise Comes to Holyoke Mass., Press Clip and Video WWLP.com
Permanent Damage H.R. 2250, Earthjustice Fact Sheet
Don’t forget the Clean Air Act fan page on Facebook.
Clean Air Act Digest is a publication put together by US Climate Action Network and Natural Resources Defense Council please contact Kate Smolski at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Click here for past issues.