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Felice Stadler of NRDC wanted me to redistribute
this notice to Michigan Environmentalists. It
again urges action because of Rep. Fred Upton
and mentions that Michigan is one of only 5 states
to vote against long range air pollution transport
controls on nitrogen oxide emissions.
ACTION!! MAKE CALLS/FAX LETTERS TODAY
Greenwire quote of the day (6-20-97):
"Who does she think she is? Joan of Arc?"
-- White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Katie
McGinty, reportedly speaking to environmental lobbyists about US
EPA Administrator Carol Browner and her resistance to
compromising on the agency's proposed air-quality standards.
CALL KATIE MCGINTY AND TELL HER THAT A COMPROMISE IS NOT ACCEPTABLE
1-202-456-6224, OR FAX 1-202-456-2710
AND CALL UPTON, KLINK, AND BOUCHER TO VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION TO THEIR
PROPOSED BILL TO DELAY THE STANDARDS FOR FIVE YEARS.
Fred Upton (Michigan): 202-225-3761 fax: 202-225-4986
Ron Klink (Pennsylvania): 202-225-2565 fax: 202-226-2274
Rick Boucher (Virginia): 202-225-3861 fax: 202-225-0442
CLEAN AIR: CLINTON MAY SETTLE STANDARDS
Some analysts are predicting that Pres. Clinton may make the
final decision on the US EPA's proposed air-quality standards "to
try to shield [VP Al] Gore from environmentalists' ire" (Ronald
Shafer, Wall Street Journal, 6/20). Preliminary White House
talks on the standards have produced "no clear recommendation,
[and] it now seems Clinton will sort through the arguments
himself, a player says" (National Journal, 6/21 issue).
"In a new twist," White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles
is recusing himself from the admin.'s deliberations because the
North Carolina county where his wife owns a textile business
could be affected by tougher standards.
Both Clinton and Gore will address this weekend's meeting of
the US Conference of Mayors, "where the standards are sure to be
a major topic" (Bill Nichols, USA Today, 6/20).
Some White House officials are reportedly "angry" about EPA
Administrator Carol Browner's refusal to compromise on the
standards. White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair
Katie McGinty, reportedly speaking to a pair of environmental
lobbyists: "Who does she think she is? Joan of Arc?" (Shafer,
Wall Street Journal).
AFL-CIO, DIVIDED, TO REMAIN ON SIDELINES
AFL-CIO Pres. John Sweeney this week wrote Sierra Club Exec.
Dir. Carl Pope to tell him that member unions are divided over
the US EPA's proposed air-quality standards, preventing the labor
federation from taking a position on them.
While some unions, such as the United Mine Workers of
America and building trades, have staked out a position against
the standards, others such as the United Steelworkers of America
support them, CongressDaily/A.M. reports.
Meanwhile, House Commerce Oversight and Investigations
Subcmte. ranking Democrat Ron Klink (D-PA) and Reps. Fred Upton
(R-MI) and Rick Boucher (D-VA) yesterday introduced legislation
that would delay the new standards for five years while more
research is done.
And on 6/18, a coalition of business groups wrote Clinton,
expressing "unqualified opposition" to the standards. Signed by
the US Chamber of Commerce, the American Trucking Assn. and some
30 other business groups, the letter said the "EPA's own analysis
proves that many family-owned, family-run operations will be
affected" both directly and indirectly by the standards
OTAG says: "it's power plants, diesels, and cars!"
June 20, 1997
32 U.S. states agree to fight smog
After two years of studying pollution flows across the eastern
half of the United States, 32 states Thursday agreed that they all
needed to take steps to help combat smog in cities with the
The agreement clears the way for EPA to tell states that they not
only have to curb emissions to clean their own air but also to
assist neighboring states.
"The problem that we've been facing here and for the first time
have really come up with a way to address is the fact that
individual states really don't have the ability to control most of
the sources of pollution that are affecting their air quality,"
said EPA Assistant Administrator Mary Nichols.
As a result, the agency could force Ohio and West Virginia, for
example, to trim their smog-forming emissions to help Pittsburgh
in nearby Pennsylvania meet federal ozone limits.
Nichols said based on the recommendations overwhelmingly approved
by the Ozone Transport Assessment Group, which included 37 states
and the District of Columbia, EPA this September will ask states
to lay out their plans to curb smog. States will then have one
year to respond.
The ozone group, assembled by EPA two years ago, found that in
general pollution traveled longer distances, sometimes as much as
500 miles, in the northern half of the 37 states than in the
south, where emissions drifted about 150 miles.
After looking at pollution from power plants, cars, and industrial
sources, the group found that the cheapest way to curb
smog-forming emissions was to target power plants.
The most significant recommendation called for power plants to be
required to cut their emissions of nitrogen oxides by 50 to 85
percent from projected levels for 2007.
To ensure that utilities did not bear an unfair burden, the ozone
group called for other large industrial plants to curb their
emissions of nitrogen oxides by 55 to 70 percent.
The group also encouraged more areas to use cleaner, reformulated
gasoline, which is already required in cities with the dirtiest
air, asked EPA to consider stricter standards for diesel fuel, and
encouraged car companies to build new low emission vehicles.
"What we're talking about is controls on power plants and other
sources which will ultimately cost millions of dollars but will
also achieve benefits for close to 50 million people who breath
air that isn't currently healthy," Nichols said in an interview
after the ozone group's final meeting.
She said the recommendations should help all states meet current
ozone standards as well as stricter standards that EPA is
proposing for after 2000.
Five states -- Virginia, West Virginia, Michigan, Alabama, and
Kentucky -- opposed the final report, but said they might change
their votes after reviewing it.
Northeastern states and green groups, which have long argued that
pollution from the Midwest was aggravating ozone problems in the
Northeast, hailed the outcome of the two-year project.
"It would be tragic if EPA did not rapidly follow this up by
imposing very stringent pollution controls throughout the (ozone
group) region," said David Wooley, executive director of the
Mid-Atlantic Energy Group.
Ohio's EPA director Don Schregardus said that his state would be
working with Indiana and Kentucky to study their smog effects on
Cincinnati, while at the same time Ohio would have to consider
curbing its emissions to help Pittsburgh.
He was more skeptical about Ohio's impact on cities like New York
and Boston. "Right now, we certainly believe we have a much
smaller impact in cities such as New York and Boston, because
those are hundreds of miles from Ohio's borders," he said.
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