Clean Air Act Digest, 7.27.12
The package of anti-regulatory bills that we reported on last week, titled the “Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act” (H.R. 4078), passed the House yesterday by a vote of 245-172. The bill is not expected to be brought up in the Senate, and the Administration has threatened to veto the package on the grounds that it “would undermine critical public health and safety protections.” The bill would gravely weaken our entire federal regulatory system, which ensures a standard of health, safety, and economic stability for every American. The most extreme bill in the package, the “Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act,” would freeze any “significant” regulations for as long as the unemployment rate remains above 6 percent. The bill contains many other dangerous provisions, including one that would prevent the proposal or finalization of regulations during the presidential lame duck period. Moreover, H.R. 4078 would block vital regulations on carbon pollution and vehicle efficiency—possibly for years to come. For more on the issue, see the coalition letter from 68 groups that oppose the package and blogs by NRDC:
Yesterday, Senate Republicans introduced their own version of the House’s “Domestic Energy and Jobs Act.” The proposed energy bill would expand oil and gas drilling while limiting federal regulations. It includes the “Gasoline Regulations Act,” described in previous editions of Digest as the “GASP” Act, which would block several Clean Air Act rules. Information on the bill is still forthcoming, and we will provide further updates.
As previously reported, EPA has proposed revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for fine particulate matter (soot). Soot is an extremely dangerous form of air pollution that contributes to heart disease, asthma and premature deaths. Therefore, the proposed rule is vital to safeguarding clean air and public health. Last week’s hearings on the proposed rule, in Sacramento and Philadelphia, were well attended by supporters of more stringent standards. Public comment on the rule will end August 31st with a final rule expected by mid-December. For more, see the action alert below.
–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 segments 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 the 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 linked below to send a comment to the EPA and support the proposal today!
Stand Up for Strong Soot Protections, Sierra Club Action Alert: http://bit.ly/LPfONG
Support the EPA’s Limit on Harmful Soot Pollution, Moms Clean Air Force Action Alert: http://bit.ly/S6pOFL
Help Us Cut Deadly Soot Pollution, Earthjustice Action Alert: http://bit.ly/NhCsRU
Oppose the “Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act” (H.R. 4078), Joint Sign-on Letter, 7.23.12
Reckless House Legislation Would Impose Moratorium on Clean Air & Health Protections, Natural Resources Defense Council Blog, 7.19.12
Time to Get Tough on Soot, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 7.19.12
U.S. House Bill Increases Oil Dependence, Pollution and Pain at the Gas Pump, Natural Resources Defense Council Blog, 7.17.12
Philadelphians Speak Out Against Killer Soot Pollution, Roxborough-Manayunk Patch, 7.18.12
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:
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