Clean Air Act Digest, 4.8.11
Wednesday, the Senate rejected 4 proposals that would block the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to control carbon pollution. These amendments were offered as part of the Small Business bill (S. 493) and each would have tied the hands of the EPA.
* McConnell (R-KY) Amendment #183: Would have allowed unlimited carbon pollution and would have increased our dependence on foreign oil. THE VOTE COUNT: 50- 50
* Rockefeller (D-WV) Amendment #215: Would have allowed unlimited carbon pollution from big polluters for at least two years, would have stopped the clean-up in progress, and would have set the stage for permanently allowing unlimited pollution from these sources. THE VOTE COUNT: 88-12
* Stabenow (D-MI)/Brown (D-OH) Amendment #277: Would have let polluters off the hook by blocking enforcement of carbon pollution safeguards for two years, would have stopped the clean-up in progress, and like Rockefeller would have paved the way for providing a permanent free-pass to polluters. The amendment would have also permanently prevented the EPA from considering emissions resulting from land use changes. THE VOTE COUNT: 93-7
* Baucus (D-MT) Amendment #236: Would have allowed large emission sources to be built or modified with no requirement to limit their carbon pollution. Like the Stabenow amendment, the Baucus amendment would also have prevented the EPA from considering emissions resulting from land use changes. THE VOTE COUNT: 93-7
Last week Senator Sanders (D-VT) and 33 of his colleagues introduced a resolution calling on Congress to uphold the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to enforce the Clean Air Act. All of the Senate democratic leadership joined this resolution.
Last week, Representatives Waxman (D-CA), Dingell (D-MI), and Rush (D-IL) released a Dear Colleague in support of the Clean Air Act. The final letter had 155 signers.
On Thursday afternoon, the House of Representatives voted on Rep. Upton’s “Dirty Air act,” H.R. 910. This bill will would permanently block the EPA’s ability to limit carbon pollution, just like the McConnell amendment offered Wednesday. The bill passed out of the House 255-172.
Policy riders are standing between a government shutdown and the next spending bill. Press reports have indicated that the EPA’s responsibility to regulate air pollution is at the center of the debate. Though both President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Reid have indicated that they will not support a bill with such riders, the Republicans are continuing to push these amendments.
Rep. Upton’s “Dirty Air Act” Accountability
Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted on Rep. Upton’s “Dirty Air Act” — legislation that would permanently allow our nation’s biggest polluters to dump unlimited amounts of dangerous carbon pollution into our air. The bill passed out of the House 255-172. Click here to see how your representative voted.
Please take this opportunity to thank your representative for standing up for the health of the nation, including children with asthma, and for challenging the agenda of big polluters.
Take this opportunity to express disappointment with your representative’s vote for the “Dirty Air Act” that puts the interests of corporate polluters before the health of the American public.
Be heard; let your representative know you noticed where they stand with big polluters! See NRDC’s full action alert with sample letters or contact Jamie Consuegra, email@example.com for more information.
Senate “Dirty Air Amendments” Accountability
Wednesday, the Senate rejected 4 proposals that would block the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to control carbon pollution. It is critical we express disappointment with the Senators who stood with big polluters and supported these efforts. Please contact Kate Smolski at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and sample materials.
EPA Power Plant Air Toxics Dear Colleague:
Representative Capps, Schakowsky and Wasserman Schultz are currently circulating a dear colleague letter in the House of Representatives in support of the EPA Power Plant Air Toxics Rule. Please urge Representatives to sign on to this letter to show support for protecting kids from mercury and toxic air pollution. For more details please contact Paul Billings at America Lung Association, email@example.com.
Comments for Mercury and Air Toxics Standards:
Two weeks ago, EPA announced the most important actions to clean up air pollution from dirty coal-burning power plants since the Clean Air Act was last updated in 1990. EPA’s proposed mercury and air toxics standards for power plants that burn coal and oil are projected to save as many as 17,000 American lives every year by 2015. There is no official deadline yet but once officially submitted into the Federal Register we will have 60 days to submit comments. Please see the Sierra Club’s factsheet and sample action alert and comment card for more information.
Public Hearings for Mercury Air Toxics Standard:
EPA will hold public hearings on the recently released Mercury Air Toxics Standard in Philadelphia, Chicago and Atlanta. Details on the timing and location for those hearings will be made available soon in a separate Federal Register notice and posted at http://www.epa.gov/airquality/powerplanttoxics/.
Dirty Energy’s Assault on Our Health: Ozone Pollution, Environment America Report 4.7.11
The Economic Affliction of Asthma and Risks of Blocking Air Pollution Safeguards, Health Care Without Harm Report 4.6.11
Twelve Governors Support the Clean Air Act, Oppose H.R. 910, Letter 4.7.11
American Lung Association Applauds Senate for Supporting the Health of Americans, American Lung Association Press Release 4.6.11
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.