Toxic Mercury Pollution Limits Survive Major Court Challenge

This guest post was originally published by Environmental Defense Fund on its Climate 411 blog and was co-authored by Pamela Campos, EDF attorney, and Mandy Warner, EDF Climate & Air Policy Specialist.  Find the original EDF blog post here.  Some environmental threats are hard to explain. Toxic mercury is not. A dangerous neurotoxin that threatens young children, [...]

Efforts to Regulate Interstate Air Pollution Move Slowly Forward

Recently we’ve seen several developments in the never ending fight for cleaner air. Along with newly proposed regulations limiting carbon emissions from new coal-fired power plants, and pending carbon emission limits for existing coal-fired power plants, federal regulation further limiting other harmful air pollutants are finding their way through various channels. The Cross State Air [...]

EPA Announces Limits to Greenhouse Gas Emissions on New Power Plants

This Guest Post was written by Laura Beans and was originally posted on The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed carbon emissions standards for new power plants [on Friday, Sept. 20]. The Clean Air Act standards are an effort to combat climate change and improve public health, according to the U.S. EPA’s press release. [...]

Return of the Friendly Ghost? Supreme Court Visited by CSAPR

The specter of federal air regulation for cross-state air pollution has risen once more. On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review an appeals court rejection of EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSPAR). An earlier SACE blog covered the history of CSPAR right up until it was struck down by the U.S. [...]

TVA Announces Plans to Idle Colbert Coal Plant Units

UPDATE: On July 15, 2013, TVA determined that Colbert Unit 5 will be idled on October 1, 2013.  Unit 5  was previously planned to idle in October 2014.  We applaud TVA’s acceleration of the idling of Unit 5 and will continue to advocate for full retirement of all 5 units at the Colbert plant.  TVA [...]

5 Things Obama Said About Climate Change Today That Could Impact the Southeast

This blog was co-authored by SACE Coastal Climate and Energy Coordinator, Chris Carnevale. “There’s no single step that can reverse the effects of climate change. But when it comes to the world we leave our children, we owe it to them to do what we can.” – President Obama, June 22, 2013 At Georgetown University [...]

Unbelievably, politicians play politics with public health

This piece, written by Dr. Olson Huff, originally ran in the Raleigh News & Observer on May 18, 2013. As a doctor, I regularly witness how harmful pollution created by burning coal and other fossil fuels affects public health. As a pediatrician, I have spent decades caring for children whose health is most compromised when [...]

GOP Tactics Delay Confirmation of EPA Administrator

UPDATE:  On Thursday, May 15, the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee voted along party lines to approve Gina McCarthy’s nomination (every Republican, including all four Republican Senators from the Southeast opposed McCarthy’s nomination).  Up next, McCarthy’s nomination will go before the full Senate for a vote.  McCarthy will likely face a tough vote in the Senate. [...]

How Clean is Your Air? The Answers Might Surprise You

Last Wednesday, the American Lung Association released its 2013 “State of the Air” report – an annual highlight of cities and regions around the country with unhealthy levels of smog and soot which lead to increased asthma attacks, heart attacks and even premature death. What a difference a few years – and stronger pollution standards [...]

Senate Showdown Over Health, Environment

This guest post was written by Andrea Delgado, EarthJustice and was originally published here. Your action is urgently needed to stop multiple anti-environmental riders that threaten to allow more toxic pollution in our air and water by tying EPA’s hands and rolling back key provisions of the long-trusted Clean Air Act.  Click here to tell your senators to [...]