Clean Air Council Seeks to Join Litigation to Protect the Cross State Air Pollution Rule

This week the Clean Air Council along with the Sierra Club and the Environmental Defense Fund filed a motion to intervene in support of the US EPA in a case in which coal-burning power station EME Homer City Generation brough seeking a stay of the Cross State Air Pollution Rule.

According to the EPA the Cross State Air Pollution Rule:

AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS UNDER THE CROSS-STATE AIR POLLUTION RULE

The Cross-State Air Pollution Rule will improve air quality in thousands of  counties throughout the eastern, central, and southern U.S. – counties that are home to over 75% of the U.S. population. State, local and federal actions have already improved air quality so that many counties meet the NAAQS for ozone and fine particle pollution. Many areas have already been brought into attainment with these standards, this rule will help to bring several more areas into attainment and help many more areas continue to meet the level of the standards. 

BENEFITS AND COSTS OF THE CROSS-STATE AIR POLLUTION RULE  

The emission reductions from this final rule will have significant and immediate public health benefits.  By 2014, this rule will annually prevent: 

  • 13,000 to 34,000 premature deaths, 
  • 19,000 cases of acute bronchitis, 
  • 15,000 nonfatal heart attacks, 
  • 19,000 hospital and emergency room visits, 
  • 1.8 million days when people miss work or school, 
  • 400,000 cases of aggravated asthma, and  
  • 420,000 cases of upper and lower respiratory symptoms. 

These emission reductions will also improve visibility in national and state parks, and increase protection for sensitive ecosystems including Adirondack lakes and Appalachian stream, coastal waters and estuaries and forests

Below are the documents filed In the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Colmbia Circuit with respect to this matter.

 

 

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MOTION TO INTERVENE.pdf67.11 KB
ALL EXHIBITS FOR INTERVENTION MOTION.pdf2.99 MB
Motion for Leave To File Response to Stay Motion.pdf20.37 KB
Corporate Disclosure Statement.pdf14.96 KB
Opposition to Motion to Stay.pdf84.29 KB

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