• The League joined a letter to members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee urging them to oppose S. 1324, a bill from Senator Capito that would gut the Clean Air Act and block the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

  • The League opposes H.R. 2042 introduced by Representative Whitfield (R-KY). This legislation would delay implementation of the EPA's Clean Power Plan and allow states to opt out of participating in the first ever national standards limiting carbon pollution from power plants.

  • The League sent a letter to the U.S. Senate opposing S. 1324 sponsored by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). The “Polluter Protection Act” will protect big polluters by blocking the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. Members of the LWVUS Lobby Corps will be visiting Senate offices to discuss this legislation.

  • The League joined other concerned environmental partners in opposing a bill Representative Whitfield's Ratepayer Protection Act. This legislation would allow states to opt out of participating in the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan (CPP). The legislation also seeks to delay implementation of the CPP indefinitely until every polluter’s lawsuit has been litigated.

  • The League joined over eighty-five 85+ environment groups, public health advocates, labor allies, environmental justice and civil rights organizations and faith groups in support of revising the primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone to a level of 60 parts per billion (ppb).

  • The League joined a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to expeditiously move forward with regulations to cut methane emissions.

    December 14, 2012


    Washington, DC - Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released long-awaited air quality standards for fine particles that come from power plants, oil refineries, boilers and diesel trucks and buses. The new rule is set at a level to protect against asthma attacks, heart disease, lung disease and premature death.  Also known as the “soot standard,” this new rule is a very important win for public health and the environment.

    National President of the League of Women Voters, Elisabeth MacNamara said, “The EPA’s new rule is essential to protect the health of our children and seniors. Fine particles from power plants, oil refineries and other sources can lodge deep in the lungs and cause asthma attacks, heart disease and premature death. Continued enforcement of the Clean Air Act is the most important step we can take to protect public health and fight the ill-effects of global climate change.”

    “We congratulate the Obama Administration for putting people before polluters," concluded MacNamara. "We are proud that the EPA stood against special interests and big polluters to take this important step in protecting the health of the American people – a step that will also help stop climate change.”


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  • Over two months ago, we began imploring you to submit comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in support of their proposed regulation to limit carbon pollution from new power plants.

    We’ve continued to update you on the environmental community’s progress. We reached nearly a million comments within two weeks. We then surpassed a million, and last week we surpassed TWO million!

  • Last week we told you about an attempt by Senator Jim Inhofe and a vocal minority that would have eliminated an historic regulation issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Today the U.S. Senate voted to reject that effort!