EPA's FY 2015 Budget Proposal Focuses on Delivering Core Environmental and Health Protections (March 4, 2014)
The Obama Administration has proposed a Fiscal Year 2015 (FY 2015) budget of $7.890 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This request is $309.9 million below the EPA's enacted level for Fiscal Year 2014.
"This budget is key to a new era of partnerships for the U.S. environmental protection enterprise, where EPA will work hand in hand - with our sister federal agencies, states, tribes, localities, agricultural and manufacturing sectors, small businesses, industry, and other stakeholders - to improve the health of families and protect the environment, one community at a time, all across the country," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "Our request focuses our resources on the things that really matter to the people of this country. We will seek to make a visible difference - whether it is protecting our precious waters and leaving our children a legacy so they can safely drink water from their small community water systems and fish and swim in their local rivers; reducing air pollution along roadways and neighborhoods; or cleaning up communities to maximize environmental and economic benefits."
The President's FY 2015 request will allow the EPA to continue to transform the way it does business, ensuring the best use of human and financial resources, while continuing to achieve the agency's mission effectively and efficiently. FY 2015 resources will focus on making progress in communities across the country on priority areas including climate change and air quality, toxics and chemical safety, and clean water.
Fiscal Year 2015 budget highlights include:
* Making a Visible Difference in Communities Across the Country
* Addressing Climate Change and Improving Air Quality
* Taking Action on Toxics and Chemical Safety
* Protecting the Nation's Waters
* Promoting Sustainable Community Water Resources
* Maintaining and Strengthening EPA as a High Performing Environmental Organization
* Protecting Our Land
* Supporting State and Tribal Partners
* Continuing EPA's Commitment to Innovative Research Solutions
* Environmental Education
* Reducing EPA's Energy Costs
* Reducing and Eliminating Completed or Duplicative Programs, and
* Funding the FY 2015 Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative.
For more information: http://www2.epa.gov/planandbudget/fy2015
EPA Sets Cleaner Fuel and Car Standards, Slashing Air Pollution and Providing Health Benefits to Thousands (March 3, 2014)
Based on extensive input from the public and a broad range of stakeholders, including public health groups, auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized emission standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution and prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also enabling efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive. These cleaner fuel and car standards are an important component of the administration's national program for clean cars and trucks, which also include historic fuel efficiency standards that are saving new vehicle owners at the gas pump. Once fully in place, the standards will help avoid up to 2,000 premature deaths per year and 50,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children.
"These standards are a win for public health, a win for our environment, and a win for our pocketbooks," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "By working with the auto industry, health groups, and other stakeholders, we're continuing to build on the Obama Administration's broader clean fuels and vehicles efforts that cut carbon pollution, clean the air we breathe, and save families money at the pump."
The final standards will quickly and effectively cut harmful soot, smog and toxic emissions from cars and trucks. The Obama Administration's actions to improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gases from these same vehicles will also result in average fuel savings of more than $8,000 by 2025 over a vehicle's lifetime. The fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards covering model year vehicles from 2012-2025 are projected to save American families more than $1.7 trillion in fuel costs.
By 2030, EPA estimates that up to 2,000 premature deaths, 50,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children, 2,200 hospital admissions and asthma-related emergency room visits, and 1.4 million lost school days, work days and days when activities would be restricted due to air pollution. Total health-related benefits in 2030 will be between $6.7 and $19 billion annually. The program will also reduce exposure to pollution near roads. More than 50 million people live, work, or go to school in close proximity to high-traffic roadways, and the average American spends more than one hour traveling along roads each day. The final standards are expected to provide up to 13 dollars in health benefits for every dollar spent to meet the standards, more than was estimated for the proposal.
For more information: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/tier3.htm
EPA, States and Environmental Groups File Supreme Court Merits Briefs in Greenhouse Gas Permitting Cases (January 21, 2014)
EPA and the other respondents in the greenhouse gas permitting cases before the United States Supreme Court (Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, Nos. 12-1146 et al.) submitted their merits briefs to the Court supporting EPA's interpretation of the Clean Air Act's statutory "trigger" for applying GHG permitting requirements to stationary sources. The three briefs were filed by EPA, 15 states and the City of New York, and a coalition of environmental organizations, respectively. The issue before the Court is whether EPA's regulation of GHG emissions from new motor vehicles triggered permitting requirements under the CAA for stationary sources that emit greenhouse gases. Under EPA's interpretation of the CAA, once a pollutant is regulated under any provision of the Act and subject to actual control, the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V permitting programs are automatically applicable to that pollutant. In their briefs, all of the respondents argue that the statutory language of the PSD program unambiguously applies to all pollutants "subject to regulation under the Act," and GHGs which the Supreme Court held in Massachusetts v. EPA are "air pollutants" under the CAA have met that description since EPA imposed controls on their emissions from light-duty vehicles. They argue that there is no basis in the text of the statute to limit all PSD program requirements to "criteria" pollutants, as petitioners in the cases argue. All of the respondents argue that the "unique" characteristics of GHGs do not support their exclusion from regulation under the PSD or Title V programs. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in these cases on February 24.
Air Quality Partners - Where you Live
- What is AirShare?
Airshare.info provides clean air partners, across the country,
with a place to network and leverage ideas and information to
purposefully and effectively meet the clean air goals of the
21st century. This site is administered by the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Association of Clean
Air Agencies (NACAA). This integrated website offers a
state-of-the-art searchable database for easy accessibility to
successful air quality improvement programs such as:
- New Hampshire Clean School Bus Initiative
- Broward County Florida Conservation and Climate Change Challenge (C3) Toolkit
- Wisconsin DNR Activity Guide for 3rd&4th Graders "Air, Air Everywhere"
- EPA Burnwise initiative
- Lansing, Michigan Flash Mob for Clean Commuting Options
- Climate Change Science primer brochure
- Other useful resources
- EPA - http://www.epa.gov/
- NACAA - http://www.4cleanair.org/
- AirNow - http://airnow.gov/
- Outdoor AQ - http://www.enviroflash.info/
- Indoor AQ - http://www.epa.gov/iaq/
- Here vs. There - http://www.epa.gov/aircompare/
- (ACEEE Green Car Website) Cars - http://www.greenercars.org/index.htm
- (Energy Star Website) Appliances - http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home.index
- (US Green Building Council) Architecture - http://www.usgbc.org/
- Follow AirShare on Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/airshareinfo