EPA to Hold Public Hearings on Clean Power Plan (July 24, 2014)
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold four, two-day public hearings, across the country on the proposed Clean Power Plan during the week of July 28, 2014. The hearings will be held in Washington D.C., Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh, and will provide the opportunity for interested parties to comment on the proposed rule before it takes effect. The Washington D.C. hearing will be held on July 29 and 30 at the William Jefferson Clinton East Building, Room 1153, 1201 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004.
MEDIA RSVP: All media who would like to attend the public hearing in Washington, D.C. should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. EDT on July 28, so we can include your name on our security list. Please bring picture identification and allow additional time to enter the buildings and go through security. A large number of attendees are expected, and space will be first-come, first-serve.
Speaking schedules will be posted prior to the meeting. More information about the hearing closest to you as well as what constitutes valid photo identification for entering federal facilities. Staff will be available to accommodate interested attendees who need assistance with federal ID requirements: http://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards /forms/public-hearings-clean-power-plan-proposed-rule.
Instructions for submitting comments in writing: http://go.usa.gov/XzNH
EPA Seeks Applicants for Clean Air Excellence Awards (June 18, 2014)
EPA announced it is accepting applications for the 2015 Clean Air Excellence Awards. This awards program recognizes and honors outstanding and innovative initiatives to achieve cleaner air. Award-winning entries must reduce emissions, directly or indirectly, result in sustainable outcomes, demonstrate innovation and provide a model that others can replicate. Award categories include clean air technology, community action, education/outreach, regulatory/policy innovations and transportation efficiency innovations. In addition, nominees are solicited for the Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award and the Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award. EPA must receive applications and nominations by September 12. 2014.
EPA Announces Funding for Tribes to Clean Up Diesel Engines (June 6, 2014)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that grant funding is available for tribal applicants to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from older diesel engines. Diesel engines are extremely efficient, but emit air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOX) and particulate matter (PM). These pollutants are linked to serious health problems including asthma, lung and heart disease, other respiratory ailments, and premature death. This is the first time EPA is offering a separate tribal request for proposals for diesel emission reduction program (DERA) funds, and is in response to feedback from tribal communities.
EPA is making $1 million available and anticipates awarding three to five tribal assistance agreements. Projects may include school buses, transit buses, heavy-duty diesel trucks, marine engines, locomotives, energy production generators, and other diesel engines. Proposals from tribal applicants must be received by August 12, 2014.
This competition is part of the DERA program which funds projects to clean up the legacy fleet of diesel engines. The DERA program aims to achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution reduced and to reduce diesel emissions exposure, particularly for those living and working in areas disproportionately affected by poor air quality.
Since the beginning of the DERA program in 2008, EPA has awarded over 600 grants across the US and reduced more than 250,000 tons of NOx and more than 14,000 tons of PM. EPA has awarded 11 Tribal grants for approximately $3 million. DERA grants have significantly improved air quality and provided critical health benefits by reducing hundreds of thousands of tons of air pollution and saving millions of gallons of fuel. Many of these grants fund clean diesel projects that operate in economically disadvantaged communities where residents suffer from higher-than-average instances of asthma, heart, and lung disease.
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