Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Clean Air Watch Urges EPA to Retain Plan to Monitor for Dangerous Pollution Near Major Roads

Clean Air Watch has filed the following comments protesting a proposal by the U.S. EPA to rescind requirements to monitor near major roadways for dangerous nitrogen dioxide pollution:

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

Guest Post: Ontario's Ambitious Plan to Conquer Climate Change

Periodically Clean Air Watch accepts guest posts that we think are of general interest.  Today's post on climate change is by Beth Laurel.
On June 8th, Ontario formally announced the release of its ambitious new plan for long-term environmental sustainability. The Climate Change Action Plan, which builds upon efforts put into motion earlier this spring via legislation known as the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-Carbon Economy Act, aims to drastically reduce greenhouse gas pollution while helping businesses and families in the province make the shift towards a low-carbon economy. 

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.