The Latest On: Stop Soot Now
As the environmental ministers of the Arctic nations, including the United States, meet in Sweden next week, they have an opportunity to show leadership on an important though less well-known climate pollutant, black carbon (soot).
While carbon dioxide remains the most important, long-lasting pollutant forcing climate change, recent studies have revealed that short-lived climate forcers like black carbon are equally damaging, especially in the Arctic.
Crops shriveled to dust this summer while thermometers hit continuous triple digits in the Midwest and Southwest regions. Yet, what about the current “snowmageddon” occurring in our mountain regions, and record lows on the east coast?
A federal appeals court rejected a request from a coalition of power companies and others aimed at getting out of having to monitor and test soot pollution levels from large power plants. Instead, the court ruled that the exemptions violated the Clean Air Act and upheld their requirement for projects at power plants.
The Moapa Band of Paiutes and environmental allies filed suit in federal court over the issue of air pollutants from the Reid Gardner coal-fired power plant located just a couple hundred yards from the homes of Moapa Paiute families.
"Cleanup of this old, dirty power plant is long overdue," said Suma Peesapati, the Earthjustice attorney handling the case. "What the EPA has proposed does not protect the neighboring community of the Moapa Paiutes or the iconic beauty of the Grand Canyon."