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Clean Air Act Digest, 4.16.12

US Climate Action Network




Tomorrow (Tuesday), the Energy subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee is voting on a draft bill known as the Gasoline Regulations Act and a companion bill, described by the committee as “two legislative responses to high gasoline prices.”

In fact, the Gasoline Regulations Act is yet another assault on the Clean Air Act’s protections for public health and the environment.  Authored by subcommittee chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), the bill sets up a committee to study the cumulative impacts of several EPA rules on gasoline prices, with the goal clearly being to delay rules to reduce air pollution from motor vehicles (“Tier 3”), derail two clean air standards relating to petroleum refineries, and delay new air quality standards for ground-level ozone. The bill would also greatly weaken the Clean Air Act by barring EPA from relying on science alone in determining how much ozone pollution is unhealthy to breathe. For more information, see John Walke’s blog and these materials:

Group sign-on letter in opposition to the Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012.

Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012 fact sheet.


Oil and Natural Gas Performance Standards

Also on Tuesday, April 17, the EPA is expected to finalize updated standards to reduce air pollution from the production, storage, and transmission of oil and natural gas. As proposed last year, the rules would greatly reduce emissions of smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which contribute to the formation of smog, from wells that are hydraulically fractured.  The rule would also reduce emissions of air toxics and of methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Carbon Pollution Standard

The carbon pollution standard was published in the Federal Record on Friday, April 13, launching the official sixty-day comment period.  As described in Clean Air Act Digest on March 30, these are the first national limits on carbon pollution from new electric power plants. This proposed standard is an essential step to protect American’s health and well-being from the carbon pollution that is driving dangerous climate change. We encourage your organization to collect public comments in favor of the proposed carbon pollution standard.  For more information, visit the Industrial Carbon Pollution Standard webpage and the comment collection toolkit on USCAN’s website. If you have any questions, contact


Support EPA’s Proposal to Limit Industrial Carbon Pollution from New Power Plants:

The EPA’s proposed limits on industrial carbon pollution from new power plants are critical to protecting the health of our kids and families, spark innovation in clean technologies and create American jobs. Industrial carbon pollution spewing from power plants threatens our health. Carbon pollution fuels climate change that raises temperatures and makes smog pollution worse, which can trigger asthma attacks and permanently damage and reduce the function of children’s lungs. It’s no surprise the American people support the Clean Air Act and the EPA’s efforts to update and enforce clean air standards, including carbon and mercury emissions from power plants.

Tell the EPA that you support its efforts to protect our health with new standards to reduce carbon pollution from new power plants and urge them to move forward with carbon pollution standards for existing plants.

Help drive comment collection by crafting an action alert for your organization. The carbon pollution standard was published in the Federal Record on Friday, April 13, launching the official sixty-day comment period.

Current Action Alerts:

Support EPA’s Proposal to Limit Industrial Carbon Pollution from Power Plants, Natural Resources Defense Council Action Alert

Thank EPA Administrator Jackson for Proposing Carbon Pollution Standards, Environment America Action Alert

Stand Up to Big Polluters: Support the EPA’s New Standards for Global Warming Pollution, League of Conservation Voters Action Alert

Fight for Starving Polar Bears, National Wildlife Federation Action Fund

Represent the Science! Submit Your Official Comment to the EPA Today, Union of Concerned Scientists Action Alert

Take Action: Help End Dirty Energy, Environmental Defense Fund Action Alert


Stop Industrial Carbon Pollution, Earthjustice Action Alert


Public Hearings:

EPA will hold public hearings on the recently proposed standards. Details on the timing and location for those hearings will be available once the proposal has been printed in the Federal Register. Stay tuned for updates.


Oppose the Gasoline Regulations Act:
Bill Makes all Americans Pay with their Health
, Fact Sheet

Carbon Standards FAQs, General Information, Technical Information, and Myths vs. Facts, Fact Sheets

Letter to Chairman Whitfield in Opposition to the Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012, Group Sign-on Letter,

Comment Collection Toolkit for Proposed  Carbon Pollution Power Plant Standards, 4.11.12

New Pollution Rule Needs Support, Letters to the Editor The Portland Press Herald, 4.10.12

Poll Shows Majority Support for Carbon Controls, but Partisan Split Persists, E2 Wire, 4.9.12

Climate Change Could Be Tough on Seniors’ Health: Study, MSN Health, 4.9.12

Clean Power: The EPA Raises the Bar on Future coal-fired Plants, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 4.6.12

EPA Carbon Limits Should Pass to Protect Our Air, Journal Tribune Editorial 4.5.12

Survey Says Public Supports New EPA Coal Plant Rule,  Public News Service-VA, 4.3.12

A Stronger America: Reducing Pollution, Generating Cleaner Energy, and Building a Stronger Economy, Environmental Defense Fund Fact Sheet

USCAN’s new page on industrial carbon pollution

standards includes a compilation of member materials

including dozens of reactions to this week’s


Don’t forget the Clean Air Act fan page on Facebook.


Clean Air Act Digest is a publication put together by US Climate Action Network and Natural Resources Defense Council. Please contact Lara Levison at for more details. Click here for past issues.


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Publisher: US Climate Action Network on Apr 16, 2012