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Senate climate bill may weaken EPA, Clean Air Act

March 19th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

As a new climate and energy bill winds its way through the U.S. Senate, opponents and watchdog groups are voicing concerns that the proposed legislation could strip power away from the Environmental Protection Agency and individual states.

According to reports, a draft in progress from Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) would call for greenhouse gas curbs across multiple economic sectors, with a target of reducing emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. Power plant emissions would be regulated in 2012, with other major industrial sources phased in starting in 2016.

The three met with industry leaders on March 17 to discuss features of the bill. Among the potentially controversial items: Restricting the EPA’s powers to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and curbing states’ climate laws and regulations.

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EPA targeting ship emissions

April 2nd, 2009

By Harriet Blake

The EPA announced this week that it is moving closer to a new global agreement to lessen ship pollution within 200 miles of American shores.

The U.S., along with Canada, has asked the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to create an emissions control area around the countries’ coastlines. Under the new proposal, U.S. and foreign-flagged ships will be required to use cleaner fuel and more effective pollution controls for their engines.

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