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Stakeholders Comment on the Clean Air Planning Act of 2006

Compiled by MJ Bradley & Associates

A number of stakeholders released statements on the Clean Air Planning Act of 2006.  Here is some of what these groups had to say:

"Senators Carper, Chafee, Alexander and Gregg’s Clean Air Planning Act would take a major step forward in obtaining the additional air pollution reductions that we need from power plants across the United States.  It would result in broad regional reductions in particle pollution and smog.  But unlike the Clear Skies legislation pending in Congress, this bill will not weaken provisions in the existing Clean Air Act needed to control emissions from individual power plants that contribute to local air pollution problems.  We applaud the senators’ efforts."
     John L. Kirkwood
     President and CEO
     American Lung Association
     Download the complete American Lung Association Press Release

"The Clean Air Planning Act would reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the electric utility sector, an important first step to preventing the most damaging consequences of climate change.  The Clean Air Planning Act reduces the cost of carbon management by allowing American farmers to play a role in providing low cost carbon offsets.  The adverse impacts of global warming are all around us; hardly a week passes without more scientific evidence demonstrating that we need to act now."
     Fred Krupp
     Environmental Defense
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"A major advantage of the Clean Air Planning Act over the competing approaches is that it achieves environmental progress without scrapping existing protections.  The Clean Air Planning Act builds on the strengths of the Clean Air Act, a law that has enjoyed wide bi-partisan support for more than 30 years."
     -Thomas C. Kiernan
     National Parks Conservation Association
     Download the complete National Parks Conservation Association Press Release

"If enacted, the Clean Air Planning Act of 2006 would greatly reduce many of the largest power plant-related conventional air pollution problems by 2015. Its strengthened emissions reductions requirements for sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury are some of the most protective measures proposed in recent years. For one, your new per-unit, no-trading mercury pollution reduction requirement addresses the critical problem of local contamination."
     Philip Clapp
     National Environmental Trust
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