Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Groups Urge House Appropriators to Reject Effort to Block Important Smog Cleanup Standards

Below is a sample of the letters sent to House appropriators.  As reported from the subcommittee, the spending bill would prevent EPA from moving ahead with this important smog-fighting plan.

July 31, 2013

The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz
United States House of Representatives
118 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz:

The undersigned organizations are writing to strongly urge you to oppose and work to remove any
language in the Interior appropriations bill that would impede finalization and implementation of the
Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Emission Control Makers Spell Out Why Anti-Tier 3 Rider is a Terrible Idea

Here is a good briefing paper from emission control makers.  It spells out why it's a terrible idea to include an amendment or "rider" to a spending bill that would block the US EPA from moving ahead with its smog-fighting "Tier 3" clean-car, clean gasoline plan:

Emissions Control Technology Association
325 7th Street NW, Suite 600 Washington, DC 20004
Tel: 202-661-4150 Fax: 202-661-4165
Opposition to Tier 3 Rider in Draft House Interior Appropriations Bill

Section 451 of the draft House Interior Appropriations bill (see page 138 of draft1) prevents EPA from using any funds from the FY14 appropriation to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Tier 3 rule or any other successor rule that would require a reduction in the sulfur content of gasoline.

1 http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-113hr-sc-ap-fy2014-interior-subcommitteedraft.pdf

2 Schink, George R. and Hal Singer. 2012. Economic Analysis of the Implications of Implementing EPA’s Tier 3

Rules. Online at http://naviganteconomics.com/docs/061212%20Economic%20Analysis%20of%20the%20Implications%20of%20Tier%203%20Sulfur%20Reduction%20Final_embargoed%20copy.pdf

Monday, July 22, 2013

House Appropriators Front for Oil Industry; Include Anti-Clean Air Amendment to Spending Bill

Please note below.  This is nothing less than a blatant attempt to help the oil industry and block vital public health protections.

 Tuesday, July 23, 2013

10:00 AM             House Int/Env Subcommittee Markup
                                B-308 Rayburn House Office Building

 Here is the draft bill:

 Note the rider – page 138


16 SEC. 451. None of the funds made available by this
Act may be used to finalize, implement, administer, or en-
force the proposed rule entitled ‘‘Control of Air Pollution
From Motor Vehicles: Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and
Fuel Standards’’ published by the Environmental Protec-
tion Agency in the Federal Register on May 21, 2013 (78
Fed. Reg. 29816 et seq.), or any successor or subsequent
 rule that would require a reduction in the sulfur content
 of gasoline.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Alarming Report: Some New Big Diesel Engines Now Spew More than Four Times the Deadly Particle Soot As Earlier Models...and It's Legal!

An alarming new report has found that some new big diesel engines are now spewing out more than four times the amount of deadly particle soot as other recent engines -- and it's legal!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Groups to EPA and Coast Guard: We Need You to Fight Against (Russian) Plan to Delay Emission Standards for Ocean-Going Ships

You may recall we recently reported on a Russian-inspired plan to delay international NOx emission standards for big ocean-going ships -- a delay that could mean continued dirty air along the U.S. Coast: http://www.cleanairwatch.org/2013/05/from-russia-with-love-dirty-air-along.html

But there's still time to defeat that plan -- and Clean Air Watch is joining other groups (noted below) in urging the U.S. to fight any delay.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Sierra Club, Clean Air Watch Urge EPA to Set Strong Final Tier 3 Gas and Vehicle Standards This Year

Here are the official comments submitted to EPA by the Sierra Club, Clean Air Watch and the Respiratory Health Association:

Environmental Protection Agency

Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center

Mail Code 2822T

1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20460

July 1, 2012
Comments submitted on behalf of

Sierra Club * Clean Air Watch * Respiratory Health Association

RE: Docket ID Nos. EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0135

Control of Air Pollution From Motor Vehicles: Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards
On behalf of our millions of members and supporters nationwide, Sierra Club, Clean Air Watch and the Respiratory Health Association applaud the Environmental Protection Agency for proposing strong Tier 3 cleaner tailpipe standards that will significantly reduce health-threatening pollution from our cars and trucks.