Eight Northeast/Mid-Atlantic States Petition EPA to Add Nine Upwind States to Ozone Transport Region (December 9, 2013)
At a press conference this morning, representatives of eight Northeast and mid-Atlantic states announced they had submitted to EPA a petition, filed under Clean Air Act (CAA) section 176A, requesting that the agency add nine upwind states to the Ozone Transport Region (OTR) established under section 184 of the CAA Amendments of 1990. The eight petitioning states (all members of the OTR) are CT, DE, MD, MA, NH, NY, RI and VT. The nine states they seek to add to the OTR are IL, IN, KY, MI, NC, OH, TN, VA and WV. The eight petitioning states say that their petition and technical support document establish that the nine upwind states in question "are significantly contributing to violations of the ozone standard, not just in the undersigned states, but throughout the Ozone Transport Region." EPA is required to respond to petitions filed under CAA section 176A within 18 months. The petition and various related documents are available here.
NACAA Comments on EPA's Proposed Residual Risk and Technology Review for Flexible Polyurethane Foam (December 4, 2013)
NACAA submitted comments on EPA's proposed National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Residual Risk and Technology Review for Flexible Polyurethane Foam Production, which were published in the Federal Register on November 4, 2013 (78 Federal Register 66108). In the comments, NACAA expressed support for EPA's proposal to prohibit the use of auxiliary blowing agents based on hazardous air pollutants for slabstock foam production. NACAA also raised concerns about deficiencies in the risk assessment methodology upon which EPA based its proposal and recommended that the agency address them prior to issuing a final standard. These concerns addressed the use of actual emissions, rather than allowable in the assessments; the focus on the centroid of census blocks to assess the impact to the most highly exposed receptors; improvements that are necessary to EPA's methods for evaluating environmental justice; and the use of Acute Exposure Guideline Levels or Emergency Response Planning Guidelines to address acute exposures.
EPA Proposes Updated Agency Strategic Plan (November 19, 2013)
EPA has issued its draft updated Strategic Plan, covering fiscal years 2014-2018. The document, Draft FY 2014-2018 EPA Strategic Plan, is one of the regular updates to the EPA strategic plan that is required by the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act of 2010. The final updated plan is expected to be submitted to Congress in February 2014. According to EPA, the Strategic Plan "provides the Agency's long-term direction and strategies for advancing human health and the environment" and the agency is most interested in public comment on the strategies included in the goal narratives, cross-cutting fundamental strategies, and strategic measures. The five main goals included in the draft plan are: 1) Addressing Climate Change and Improving Air Quality, 2) Protecting America's Waters, 3) Cleaning Up Communities and Advancing Sustainable Development, 4) Ensuring the Safety of Chemicals and Preventing Pollution and 5) Protecting Human Health and the Environment by Enforcing Laws and Assuring Compliance. EPA also highlights several proposed "Cross-Cutting Fundamental Strategies," which include 1) Working Toward a Sustainable Future, 2) Working to Make a Visible Difference in Communities, 3) Launching a New Era of State, Tribal, Local, and International Partnerships and 4) Embracing EPA as a High-Performing Organization. The plan includes new Agency Priority Goals specifically for FY 2014-2015 that are designed to align with the agency's highest priorities. For the Climate Change and Air Quality goal, the specific priority goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles and trucks. For more information: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OA-2013-0555-0001.
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