Federal Roundup for February 17, 2017

Federal Roundup for February 17, 2017

As promised, we are continuing a series to keep you updated about executive and legislative actions in this new administration. I blogged about the most recent updates last week, and we are still encouraging you to oppose Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator. Several new developments have cropped up and we have updates from last week:

New Developments
February 7: Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act (H.R.958)

Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) introduced the Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act on Thursday, saying it would save $7.5 billion annually. That would leave …

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Federal Roundup for February 8, 2017

Federal Roundup for February 8, 2017

The first few weeks of the new administration have been very eventful. I blogged about the REINS Act a few weeks ago, and we are encouraging you to oppose Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator. However, many other things have happened at the executive and legislative level since then. To help you keep up, here is a roundup of executive and legislative actions in the first three weeks of the new administration:

January 24: Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017 (H.R. 637)

Alabama’s very own Gary Palmer (R-Birmingham) sponsored a …

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REINS Act Could Spell Disaster for Clean Air

REINS Act Could Spell Disaster for Clean Air

Today the 115th Congress convened in Washington. Experts and policy wonks anticipate that the House of Representatives is likely to pass H.R. 427, “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017” — better known as the REINS Act.

This bill passed the house last July, but never made progress in the Senate. However, President-Elect Donald Trump supports the REINS Act, and with Republicans controlling both the House and Senate, we have never been closer to the REINS Act becoming law.

Put simply, the REINS …

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Tell Your Senator to Vote Yes on 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Tell Your Senator to Vote Yes on 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Earlier this month, Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced a resolution in the U.S. Senate to shift America to 100% renewable energy by 2050. The goal of this resolution is to help consumers, support the economy and national security and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

The average temperature on Earth “has risen by 1.5°F over the past century, and is projected to rise another 0.5 to 8.6°F over the next hundred years,” according to the EPA. This could lead to catastrophic …

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Clean Energy Incentive Program Moving Forward Despite Clean Power Plan Delays

Clean Energy Incentive Program Moving Forward Despite Clean Power Plan Delays

As we mentioned before, on February 9, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the Clean Power Plan. On May 16, 2016, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered that oral arguments be rescheduled for September 27, 2016 and will be he heard by the full en banc D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. So this means that West Virginia v. EPA, the case that resulted in the stay, will be heard by 11 as opposed to three judges and might expedite a ruling in the case.

Despite …

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Don’t Let U.S. Congress Gut the Clean Air Act!

Don’t Let U.S. Congress Gut the Clean Air Act!

In March, Representative Pete Olson from Texas introduced H.R. 4775, the “Ozone Standards Implementation Act.” As is often the case, the devil is in the details of this rather innocuous-sounding bill. In fact, H.R. 4775 seeks to not only delay implementation of the 2015 ozone standards, but it also could permanently weaken the Clean Air Act.

Put simply, H.R. 4775 would drastically alter the Clean Air Act and weaken air quality protections by allowing more pollution, resulting in less protection for public health. Below are some …

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Support Adding North Birmingham to National Priorities List

Support Adding North Birmingham to National Priorities List

This post has been updated to reflect the EPA’s 60-day extension of the public comment period. The previous comment period was set to expire Nov. 22, 2014. The extended comment period will expire Jan. 20, 2015.

The EPA recently proposed that the 35th Avenue Superfund Site be added to their National Priority List (NPL). Prioritizing the north Birmingham area will allow the federal government to fund the ongoing cleanup. This is a critical designation, because the polluting companies involved have not been compelled to pay.

Please join Gasp in …

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Sign on to Support the Clean Power Plan

Sign on to Support the Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this summer proposed the Clean Power Plan, which would reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030. These new standards are a significant step forward in tackling climate change and protecting our health and our economy. Gasp is asking you to sign on in support of the Clean Power Plan. The public comment period is open until December 1.

According to the EPA, “The Clean Power Plan has public health and climate benefits worth an estimated $55 …

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Dirty Air Won’t Monitor Itself

Dirty Air Won’t Monitor Itself

Makaya Parrish, who appears in our documentary, “Toxic City: Birmingham’s Dirty Secret,” knows all too well what pollution can do to your health. Makaya has asthma, a debilitating lung condition that keeps her from playing like other kids. Her family lives in the line of fire of the worst pollution in Alabama. Makaya deserves clean air.

Dirty air isn€™’t just hurting Mayaka and kids like her” it affects all of us in the Birmingham metro. We€™’re asking the EPA for additional air pollution monitoring across Jefferson County so we can …

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