Posts tagged "Clean Air Act"

House subcommittee proposes deep cuts to EPA in budget bill

The U.S. House Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee’s budget bill released Tuesday calls for $2.8 billion in cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for fiscal year 2014 —a 34 percent decrease in funding over the prior year.

U.S. Court of Appeals rules unanimously in favor of EPA regulations

It’s been more than five years since the U.S. Supreme Court established the Environmental Protection Agency’s duty to control greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. In 2009, the agency issued final findings that the greenhouse gases “constitute a danger to public health and welfare.”

Senate to vote on measure to weaken air quality standards

The Senate will vote on a resolution today to overturn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards that would dramatically reduce harmful power plant emissions.

EPA proposes stronger soot standards to lower particle pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed strengthening its national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution, including soot. The proposal follows a federal court ruling requiring the agency to update the standard based on the best available science, according to an EPA press release.

Public health, environment protections debated at clean air summit

Debates continue to rage in Congress to address a simple question with a complex answer: Clean air is essential to public health, but how much should be invested to protect it?

Federal agencies announce asthma plan to reduce incidence, promote equity

Asthma is not only one of the most widespread chronic diseases nationally, affecting nearly 26 million Americans, but it also disproportionately affects poor and minority children. To culminate Asthma Awareness Month, U.S. agencies on Thursday presented the “Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities” in Washington, D.C.

Webinar: How climate control will lower health costs

Increasingly dangerous shifts in climate worldwide — including an unprecedented national number of extreme weather events last year such as fatal heat waves, droughts, floods and snowstorms — are threatening the livelihoods of local communities everywhere.

EPA announces clean air standard for power plants

A new standard released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will limit emissions of carbon dioxide from new coal- and oil-fired power plants, the nation’s single-largest source of carbon pollution, a leading contributor to climate change.

Webinar: Public health vital to climate change adaptation

APHA and the CDC have been supporting a webinar series to better equip state and local public health professionals with the latest knowledge and research on climate change. The first of two webinars this year, held last week, focused on the crucial role of climate change policy in helping the public health community prepare for...

Mercury standards facing early opposition

It didn’t take long after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published new, life-saving mercury standards on Thursday for foes of the regulation to fight back.

Health groups defend new EPA air standards in ad

Public health groups strongly applauded new air quality standards when they were announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in December. They’re now working to shore up support for the rules on Capitol Hill with a new advertisement.

EPA Mercury Ruling, Needle-Exchange Programs under threat, breast implants

The Environmental Protection Agency unveils long-awaited mercury rule, Wednesday, Dec. 21. Federal funding for needle-exchange programs is about to be prohibited once more. Concerns in at least a half-dozen countries of women who received breast implants with substandard silicone made in France. All this and more, topping this morning's public health headlines, Thursday, December 22....