The NRDC called the passage of the bill in the House "a major weakening of the Clean Air Act." Prospects are weaker in the Senate, and President Obama would be expected to veto it if it came to his desk, however. The post House Passes Bill That Would Curb EPA’s Power To Limit Carbon Emissions appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Thank Bieber there’s no Clean Air Act to stifle innovation and entrepreneurship in China: China will be using a new type of antipollution drone to clear smog from the skies of selected airports later this month. The plan — the latest in a line of technological approaches to reducing dangerous particles from China’s polluted cities — will see unmanned [Read more...]
We’ll have to wait and see for the final outcome on the scope of the Clean Air Act’s permitting provisions in the Supreme Court. But it’s clear that the EPA’s authority to set standards for carbon pollution – the basis of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan – is firmly settled on solid ground. read more
SCOTUS weighs in.
Today, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument on a case concerning the ability of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. At first glance, this case deals with only a narrow technical legal issue. Show More Summary
A lawsuit over regulating greenhouse gases is really about Congress's failure to update the law.
In its 2007 decision in Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Supreme Court handed federal regulators a landmark victory by holding that the “sweeping definition of ‘air pollutant’” in the Clean Air Act allowed the EPA to regulate the emission of greenhouse gases. Show More Summary
Adam Isen, Maya Rossin-Slater, Reed Walker, 19 February 2014 There is growing evidence that adverse infant health can have lasting effects on human capital formation and economic outcomes in adulthood. Among others, the poor environmental conditions have been linked to increased infant mortality and poor health. Show More Summary
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law an amendment to the Clean Air Act that mandated emissions reductions of the harmful pollutant sulfur dioxide, SO2, from coal-fired power plants. The government did not instruct industry how to achieve the reductions, only that they were required to. read more
Citgo gets nicked for Clean Air Act crimes. Nearly seven years ago, a jury convicted Citgo Petroleum Corp. of criminal violations of the Clean Air Act, the first time this had happened to a major oil company. On Wednesday, a Texas judge finally pronounced sentence: a paltry $2 million fine. Show More Summary
A federal judge ordered Citgo Petroleum Corp. to pay more than $2 million for Clean Air Act over toxic emissions at its refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, from 1994 to 2003. A jury convicted Citgo of illegally operating two tanks at its Corpus Christi refinery in 2007 following a three-week trial. The refinery’s tanks emitted […]
Before there was a Federal Water Pollution Control Act in 1972 or a Clean Air Act or Environmental Protection Agency in 1970, in the summer of 1969, Pete Seeger and his friends had launched the sloop Clearwater, a sailing vessel, in an effort to build support for cleaning up America's waterways. Show More Summary
When Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy announced carbon dioxide emission standards for new coal- and natural gas-fired power plants under the Clean Air Act last September, the opposition was already poised for reaction. Show More Summary
President Obama's plan to address climate change under the Clean Air Act, at the behest of the Supreme Court and the EPA's Endangerment Finding, is potentially at stake. The post Mitch McConnell Wants To Use Unprecedented Tactic To Reverse Carbon Pollution Rules appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Today, as anticipated, the Chicago City Council approved an ordinance that adds e-cigarettes to the city's Clean Indoor Air Act, meaning that vaping will be prohibited everywhere smoking is. The vote was 45 to 4, a resounding endorsement...Show More Summary
This Tuesday, December 10, our nation's highest courts will hear two landmark Clean Air Act cases that have big implications for public health. First and foremost, the Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday on the Environmental Protection...Show More Summary
Cabot Corporation, the second largest carbon black manufacturer in the US, has agreed to pay a $975,000 civil penalty and spend an estimated $84 million on technology to control air pollution, resolving alleged Clean Air Act violations at its three facilities in the towns of Franklin and Ville Platte, La. and Pampa, Texas. The EPA […]
The headline environmental cases at the Supreme Court this term are of course about the Clean Air Act, specifically about its application to cross-state pollution (as Dan has explained here) and to greenhouse emissions (as Ann has addressed here and here). But sometimes cases that at first glance seem wholly unrelated to the environment could […]
An environmental advocacy organization launched a lawsuit against U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy on Monday, alleging the agency violated the Clean Air Act by failing to timely regulate soot emissions from some of America’s big cities. The post Lawsuit Accuses EPA Of Not Doing Enough To Regulate Toxic Soot appeared first on ThinkProgress.
A new study shows that the reduction of pollution emissions from power plants in the mid-Atlantic is making an impact on the quality of the water that ends up in the Chesapeake Bay.