Posts in Category: Clean Air

EPA Refuses to Strengthen Air Pollution Standards During Global Respiratory Pandemic

A few weeks ago, I testified before the US EPA against Administrator Wheeler’s decision not to strengthen the PM2.5 annual and 24-hour standards. This decision was made despite the findings of career scientists and the recommendations of an independent 20-member panel of experts. Moreover, this decision was made against the backdrop of a global respiratory pandemic that highlights

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General Iron is not a good neighbor, no matter the neighborhood

COVID-19 is not the only threat to Chicago’s lungs this spring, as neighborhoods struggle with toxic polluters in multiple parts of the city. After Hilco’s demolition of the Crawford coal plant blanketed Little Village with a dark cloud of pollution just a month ago, many hoped to see environmental hazards taken seriously in light of

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Behind the Scenes – A Renewable Energy Policy Victory

Electric utility regulatory issues put many people to sleep. They can be legally dry and technically complicated. However, for ELPC’s clean energy legal and policy wonks, these issues are often truly interesting, and we dig in deep. Most importantly, what ELPC’s team then accomplishes before the courts, legislatures and public utility regulatory commissions really does

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Earth Day 2020: 50 Years of Progress with Work Still To Do

Earth Day 1970 sounded an alarm that launched the modern environmental movement. We’ve made tremendous progress towards healthier air, safer water, and less toxic pollution in our communities. The Clean Air Act is working: you can now drive through Northwest Indiana with the windows rolled down without choking on so much smog. The Clean Water

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Air Quality Matters In a Respiratory Health Global Pandemic

In the the midst of a global public health crisis, most air quality news has been focused on the cleaner air from less vehicle traffic and industrial activity. Sadly, it’s not all good news. What in the world was Hilco thinking in demolishing its coal plant without dust control in the Little Village community in

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Right Now, EPA Should Be Doing More to Clean Up Our Air Not Less

The US EPA is in hyper-speed rollback mode. Whether it’s action on climate, clean air, or clean water – not even a global public health crisis can stop them from rushing forward with proposals or final rules that will harm public health and our environment. Now the EPA is gearing up to leave existing standards

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MiBiz: Court challenges to follow Trump administration’s vehicle fuel economy rollback

The Trump administration is moving forward with rolling back clean car standards in the midst of a respiratory pandemic. ELPC and colleagues are fighting back to protect Midwest jobs, affordable transportation, and clean air. “Howard Learner, executive director of the Chicago-based Environmental Law and Policy Center, said his group and other allies will file suit in federal appeals

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Sound Science is Vital to Public Health

I really am stunned that we need to defend established science. Vital environmental standards depend on sound science in the regulatory process. The American people overwhelmingly support these sensible public health protections, but we’re seeing a “throw the spaghetti against the wall” attempt to defeat them left and right. Here’s the latest battle which ELPC,

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Trump’s Tone-Deaf Rollback of Sensible Clean Car Standards

The backyard view from my kitchen isn’t as inspiring as the view from ELPC’s riverfront offices in downtown Chicago, but our staff’s effective advocacy continues in these challenging times, now from 46 connected remote home offices. While most of the world’s leadership is laser-focused on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 31, 2020, the Trump

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In Public Health Crisis, Trump Administration Continues Attacks On Public Health Studies

In the midst of our country’s public health crisis, the Trump Administration’s EPA continues to advance a dangerous policy that ignores science and public health studies. While you’re doing your part social-distancing at home, the EPA is making moves that put our long-term public health even further at risk. The EPA has issued a supplemental

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