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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
June 24, 2016
Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0486
Clean Air Watch, a national not-for-profit clean air watchdog organization, sincerely appreciates the opportunity to comment on the proposed Revision to the Near-road Nitrogen Dioxide Minimum Monitoring Requirements, which was published in the Federal Register on May 16, 2016 (81 Fed. Reg. 30224).
Clean Air Watch respectfully opposes EPA’s proposal to remove the requirement for near-road NO2 monitoring stations in Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) having populations between 500,000 and 1,000,000 persons.
EPA argues that since monitored levels at larger cities have not exceeded its 2010 NO2 ambient air standard, that there is no problem and thus no need to look for it.
This is a specious argument for the following reasons:
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Though the case has been (convincingly) made time and again that actions mitigating climate change are by far less expensive than options adapting to the impact, politicians continue to trend towards short-sighted solutions. The substantive policy programs enacted by Premier of Ontario and her colleagues encourage hope that Ontario’s “landmark” leap will drive other Canadian provinces and world nations to take action to strengthen the environment for the future.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Today, in a party-line vote, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation that would radically weaken the Clean Air Act in order to save money for the oil industry and other polluters. It was painful to watch this live.
Among other things, this bill, sponsored by Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) would:
--Demand that the federal government mislead the public about dangerous air pollution.
--Overturn a Supreme Court ruling -- unanimous and written by Scalia, no less! -- which held that national air quality standards should be based only on health science, not cost or "feasibility."
--Grant amnesty to new sources of pollution (how do you spell "fracking") in polluted areas.
--Subject the breathing public to added years of dirty air.
--Ignore public health protect from dirty air when the air is "stagnant."
--Delay scientific reviews of existing air pollution standards.
To sum it up: the oil industry and other big polluters are trying to pay Congress off to get industry off the hook and relieve it of the responsibility of cleaning up. And industry wants to take away the public's right to know if the air is actually clean -- or not.
The legislation is expected next to head to the full House of Representatives, where it likely will be rammed through as it was here. Anyone at the White House ready to talk veto yet?
Learn more about the Clean Air Act
The Clean Air Act is the law that defines EPA's responsibilities for protecting and improving the nation's air quality and the stratospheric ozone layer. The last major change in the law, the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, was enacted by Congress in 1990. Legislation passed since then has made several minor changes.