|Public Interest Groups Urge EPA to Strengthen Regional Haze Rule|
Public Interest Groups Urge EPA to Strengthen Regional Haze Rule
On October 7, a coalition of more than 80 conservation, health, environment and citizen groups, led by the National Parks Conservation Association, sent a letter to EPA urging the agency to strengthen the nation’s Regional Haze Rule. The group commends the Administration’s leadership to date on implementation of the Regional Haze Rule, citing critical improvements for national parks, wilderness areas and surrounding communities, including annual reductions of more than a half a million tons in sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions in areas west of the Mississippi River and 52 million metric tons of carbon dioxide across the country. Signatories note, however, that “flaws in the rule allow polluters to evade clean up requirements and make uncertain whether and when clean, natural air quality will be achieved.” The group calls on EPA to act promptly to make necessary changes to the Regional Haze Rule, including establishing that each state must reduce pollution that contributes to air quality impairment at protected places; ensuring that natural air quality goals are reached by setting reasonable progress requirements; measuring the success of state plans against emissions states can control; and providing a more meaningful role for Federal Land Managers in identifying pollution problems and developing solutions. For more information, go to http://www.npca.org/assets/pdf/clean-air/Final_StrengthenRHR_Letter_10-7-15_1.pdf.