clean air act en U.S. Supreme Court ruling may help clear the air in Michigan <p>Clean air advocates in Michigan are cheering a U.S. Supreme Court decision that will allow stricter regulation of coal-fired power plants.</p><p></p><p>The high court decided this week to overturn a lower court ruling and allow the Environmental Protection Agency to slap new limits on pollution from power plants.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:41:49 +0000 Steve Carmody 17411 at U.S. Supreme Court ruling may help clear the air in Michigan Kellogg pays fine for violating Clean Air Act <p>Battle Creek-based cereal maker Kellogg has agreed to pay a big fine for violating the federal Clean Air act.</p><p></p><p>The violations occurred at Kellogg plants in Battle Creek and Grand Rapids. &nbsp;&nbsp;The government cited the cereal maker for operating without necessary permits and exceeding federal emission levels.</p><p></p><p>Some of the violations date back to 1993.&nbsp; The most recent violation took place in 2007.</p><p></p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 20:22:24 +0000 Steve Carmody 9630 at EPA proposes new standard to cut soot emissions <p>The Environmental Protection Agency announced a new proposal today to cap soot emissions at between 12 and 13 micrograms per cubic meter (&micro;g/m<sup>3</sup>) annually. The current standard is 15 &micro;g/m<sup>3</sup> annually. The agency is required to update the standard every five years.</p><p>In a <a href="">press release</a> from the American Lung Association, Albert Rizzo, M.D., chair of the board of the ALA, emphasized the dangers of soot.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Particle pollution kills &mdash; the science is clear, and overwhelming evidence shows that particle pollution at levels currently labeled as officially &#39;safe&#39; causes heart attacks, strokes and asthma attacks,&quot; Rizzo said.</p><p>&quot;The Clean Air Act gives the American public the truth about pollution that is threatening their lives and health&mdash;just as they would expect the truth from their doctor,&quot; he added.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>Last year the ALA, the Clean Air Task Force and Earthjustice, a non-profit public interest law firm, released a <a href="">report </a>warning of the dangers of soot and urging the EPA to set stricter emissions standards.</p><p>Their analysis estimated that capping emissions at 11 &micro;g/m<sup>3</sup> annually and 25 &micro;g/m<sup>3</sup> daily would prevent:</p><ul><li>35,700 premature deaths</li><li>2,350 heart attacks</li><li>23,290 hospital and emergency room visits</li><li>29,800 cases of acute bronchitis</li><li>1.4 million cases of aggravated asthma</li></ul><p>According to the report, these standards would save about $281 billion in medical costs annually.</p><p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:08:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7908 at EPA proposes new standard to cut soot emissions Michigan's air is getting cleaner (very slowly) <p>Air quality is getting better in Michigan, according&nbsp;to a new report from the American Lung Association.&nbsp; The association&rsquo;s annual<a href=""> &lsquo;State of the Air&rsquo; </a>report says ozone and particle pollution rates have eased in Michigan during the past decade.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="">Lansing and Saginaw</a>&nbsp;have some of the cleanest air&nbsp;among U.S. cities. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 09:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 2230 at Michigan's air is getting cleaner (very slowly) EPA establishes new standards for boilers and incinerators <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has established new clean air standards for incinerators and boilers. From the <a href="">EPA&#39;s press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;In response to federal court orders requiring the issuance of final standards, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing final Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators that achieve significant public health protections through reductions in toxic air emissions, including mercury and soot, but cut the cost of implementation by about 50 percent from an earlier proposal issued last year.&quot;</p></blockquote><blockquote><p><br />&quot;Mercury, soot, lead and other harmful pollutants released by boilers and incinerators can lead to developmental disabilities in children, as well as cancer, heart disease, aggravated asthma and premature death in Americans. These standards will avoid between 2,600-6,600 premature deaths, prevent 4,100 heart attacks and avert 42,000 asthma attacks per year in 2014.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>An <a href="">Associated Press article</a> has some background on criticisms that may have prompted the move.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Republicans and some Democrats in Congress have harshly criticized the EPA recently over the costs of a whole host of regulations, including the first-ever rules to control the gases blamed for global warming. At least a half-dozen bills have been introduced this year to block or curtail agency regulations, and House Republicans succeeded last week in attaching numerous anti-EPA measures to a bill aimed at funding the government for the rest of this fiscal year.&quot;</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 19:07:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1391 at EPA establishes new standards for boilers and incinerators