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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Help Gasp by Switching to Clean Energy Today

Gasp is excited to share some truly sunny 🌞 news with you: we are partnering with Arcadia Power — the first company to offer a nationwide community solar program —to give you a simple way to switch to solar at home.

The way it works is you purchase a one-time subscription to a panel(s) from one of Arcadia Power’s solar projects across the country. From there, they track the production from your exact panel and automatically credit your utility bill with the savings. Your investment in community solar pays for itself over time — …

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Gasp Launches New Online Air Quality Tool

Gasp Launches New Online Air Quality Tool

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Gasp Launches New Online Air Quality Tool

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Jan. 5, 2017) — In an effort to reduce exposure to the harmful health effects of air pollution, Gasp this week announced that it has released a new online tool for users to get the current and next day’s air quality for the Birmingham area.

The Air Quality Widget displays the current air quality index, or AQI, with a corresponding color code based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s AirNow data. It updates twice per hour. The …

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19 copies of ‘Toxic City’ DVD donated to the Birmingham Public Library

19 copies of ‘Toxic City’ DVD donated to the Birmingham Public Library

For Immediate Release

19 copies of ‘Toxic City’ DVD donated to the Birmingham Public Library

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Gasp, a Birmingham-based health advocacy nonprofit, has given the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) 19 DVD copies of “Toxic City: Birmingham’s Dirty Secret,” an award-winning documentary about the impact industrial pollution has on area citizens.

Gasp produced “Toxic City” in 2014 to shine the light on how individuals in Collegeville, North Birmingham, other communities in the northern part of the city, and Tarrant are impacted by hazardous industrial pollution. The 26-minute documentary …

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Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Sides with Gasp

Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Sides with Gasp

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Alabama Court of Civil Appeals Rules in Gasp’s Favor

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals today affirmed a prior court ruling that Gasp is entitled to a hearing before the Jefferson County Board of Health (BOH) on the reissuance of ABC Coke’s operating permit.

ABC Coke is a subsidiary of Drummond Company, located in Tarrant, Ala. The facility is a source of toxic emissions and one of the worst polluters in the greater-Birmingham area.

Executive Director Michael Hansen called the decision a victory …

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Gasp Applauds Senators for Introducing RECLAIM Act

Gasp Applauds Senators for Introducing RECLAIM Act

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Gasp applauds U.S. Senators Joe Manchin, Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Sherrod Brown, and Bob Casey who today announced that they are introducing the RECLAIM Act. The bill would release $1 billion over five years to help coal states like Alabama create economic development opportunities and clean up abandoned mining sites.

Introduced by Rep. Hal Rogers from Kentucky in the House of Representatives earlier this year, the RECLAIM Act now has more than 20 co-sponsors. A recent poll by the Sierra Club and West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy found that the RECLAIM Act is extremely popular in coal …

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Scott Pruitt is an Offensive Choice for the EPA

Scott Pruitt is an Offensive Choice for the EPA

Yesterday, multiple news outlets reported that President-Elect Donald Trump has selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Below is Gasp Executive Director Michael Hansen’s statement in response to this pick:

By nominating Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for EPA Administrator, President-Elect Donald Trump is letting the fox guard the henhouse. Pruitt has a robust record of suing the very agency he’s now being asked to lead. He has fought against curbing greenhouse gases, against reducing mercury and air toxics, and against strengthening ozone …

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Uber-Popular RECLAIM Act Would Benefit Alabama’s Coal Communities

Uber-Popular RECLAIM Act Would Benefit Alabama’s Coal Communities

A recent poll shows overwhelming support in Appalachia for a bipartisan bill called the RECLAIM Act that would release $1 billion to create economic development opportunities in coal communities affected by the energy industry’s transition away from dirty fossil fuels. The survey was commissioned by the Sierra Club and the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, two groups who support the bill.

Voters in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia were polled; Alabama voters were not polled, but Alabama stands to gain from the RECLAIM Act. The poll demonstrates a broad …

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EPA Issues Final Cross State Air Pollution Rule

EPA Issues Final Cross State Air Pollution Rule

On September 7, 2016, The EPA finalized Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs) in the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) Update to address air quality impacts of the interstate transport of ozone air pollution in the eastern United States.

CSAPR addresses summertime (May through September) transport of ozone pollution in the Eastern U.S. that crosses state lines. CSAPR aims to cut emissions of nitrogen oxides from power plants in 22 states, including Alabama, that contribute to downwind ozone problems.

The final version will not take effect until May …

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