EPA: Please Stop Smoking Rally in Washington, DC

Start: Tuesday, April 04, 202312:00 PM

Join Us on April 4 – Tell EPA to Stop Delaying Key Rules to Reduce Power Plant Pollution

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) keeps falling further and further behind in cutting pollution from dirty power plants nationwide. These regulatory delays mean that people get sick – especially in poor communities of color – and the planet keeps warming.

That’s why we’re asking you to come to Washington, D.C. on April 4 to tell Joe Biden’s EPA to “please stop smoking!” We'll gather at Freedom Plaza and march 3 blocks to the EPA for speeches and music. EPA has the authority and the moral responsibility to issue at least eight different rules that will clean up our air and protect our health from coal and gas plants. Missed deadlines are no longer permissible.

EPA is full of remarkably dedicated and skilled staffers inside an agency that has served this nation heroically for 50 years. But read this report to see how EPA’s current chronic delays are hurting America.

Join CCAN and our cosponsors − the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Integrity Project, Food & Water Watch, Green New Deal for DC, Hip Hop Caucus, Interfaith Power & Light, Labor Network for Sustainability, Loudoun Climate Project, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Piedmont Environmental Council, Rachel Carson Council, Third Act, and 350.org Montgomery County − on April 4 in DC as we make our voices heard and hold EPA accountable.

Here are Six Things EPA Needs to Do NOW:

  1. End the delays. Release carbon standards for power plants in April as promised.  

  2. Strengthen the soot standard for power plants. The proposal released does not go far enough and fails to meet the recommendations of the EPA’s own scientific advisory panel.

  3. Update and expedite mercury and air toxics standards. EPA’s planned eight-month delay until March 2024 continues to put our children in harm's way.

  4. Take action on coal ash. Coal ash can contaminate groundwater and cause cancer. EPA missed its own deadline to close the coal ash loophole and has yet to announce a timeline to close all loopholes including loopholes for legacy landfills.

  5. Approve California’s Vehicle Emissions Waiver. Truck manufacturers are pressuring the EPA to partially deny the waiver, which would stall the implementation of two California clean trucks regulations. EPA has signaled they would approve the full waiver however the EPA has been delaying full approval thus far.

  6. Implement cumulative impact analysis in permitting. Last October, the EPA released a final report detailing recommendations for the Office of Research and Development’s cumulative impacts research. The agency recognizes the importance of this research approach however has not publicly committed to using cumulative impact analysis when approving permits for infrastructure projects.

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