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Friday, September 22, 2017

Guest Post: Hurricane Harvey Shows the Desperate Need for More Renewable Energy

[Clean Air Watch is pleased to present this timely guest post by Emily Folk]

Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, is home to numerous oil refineries, chemical plants and legacy superfund sites. The waste chemicals from these facilities leeched into the nearly nine trillion gallons of water Hurricane Harvey dumped on the area last month. Residents are now faced with additional water pollution in the wake of this tragic category 4 storm. The impact of this and future crises can be reduced if the United States converts to more renewable energy sources. 

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Pollution Control Companies to EPA: Don't Approve Dirty Diesel Truck Loophole

The companies that make and sell pollution control equipment are urging the U.S. EPA NOT to re-open a glaring loophole that would permit trucks to pollute 20-40 times more than new trucks.  In response to a Tennessee company and member of Congress, the EPA recently said it might re-open this loophole -- closed under the Obama EPA -- which would give a break to so-called 'glider kits,' which essentially are truck bodies that can use dirty old engines.  We applaud the efforts by the emission control companies to call attention and object to what would be a step back towards dirtier air.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Guest Post: URGENT ALERT-- Add Your Voice to Save California’s Bees and Clean Up our Air

[This is a guest post by Triston Mendez with the California-based Planning and Conservation League]

Every acre plowed up this last spring to grow corn for ethanol delivered a blow to California’s commercial bee colonies and efforts to clean up California’s air.

Growing corn for ethanol has caused the loss of huge swaths of grassland habitat—and plowed under millions of acres of land that California’s commercial bees depend on for summer forage when they are not pollinating crops. California’s commercial bees are essential to pollinating billions of dollars’ worth of crops and employing ten-of-thousands of Californians growing almonds, alfalfa, melons, citrus, avocados, and sunflowers. Destroying more grassland to grow corn for fuel will put already stressed bee colonies in further jeopardy and there are efforts underway in Washington DC to increase the use of corn-ethanol in our fuel from the current 10% (also known as E-10) to 15% (E-15) which will mean millions of more areas of grasslands lost.

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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.