The Latest by Stephanie Maddin

Legislative Counsel

Stephanie Maddin worked on Capitol Hill with the Policy & Legislation team from 2010–2016. She lobbied on air pollution issues to ensure that all Americans enjoy the full promise of the Clean Air Act.

Congress 2014
November 23, 2015

Congress: Fund Our Government Without Clogging Our Lungs

We don’t have to sacrifice clean air to keep the government funded—no matter what pro-polluter politicians say.

Stephanie Maddin-Smith
February 27, 2015

At the Feet of My Ancestors

My grandparents treated all living things with respect, and from them I learned a deep appreciation for nature and a respect for animals.

December 24, 2012

EPA Grants Deathly Delay Of Cement Rule

“…My son’s school would be named in a USA Today report as being in the upper 1 percent of the most toxic schools in the nation—the same school I butted heads with cement plant executives about being under the toxic plumes while children were at recess.” – Alex Allred, 50 States United Clean Air Ambassador …

A child suffering from asthma.
December 14, 2012

Lives and Lungs Protected from Deadly Pollutant

Earthjustice litigation, on behalf of public health and environmental groups, spurred the Obama administration to set strong new standards for soot pollution—the first significant update since 1997. The new standards will annually prevent as many as 15,000 premature deaths and reduce health costs by $118 billion.

March 21, 2012

Daily No-Brainer: Cutting Coal Plant Pollution Makes Cents

That coal- and oil-fired power plants are big air polluters is beyond question—they emit hundreds of thousands of tons of hazardous air pollution (mercury, lead, acid gases, e.g.), far more than any other industrial polluter. And yet, many in Congress question whether we should do anything about this major threat to public health. The debate …

October 20, 2011

House Tees Up Toxic Agenda For America

This week, President Obama has conducted a bus tour through my home state of Virginia and North Carolina. The tour focused on job creation and the state of our economy. Unfortunately, Republican leadership in Congress thinks weakening our clean air and water protections is the foundation of economic renewal. Since returning from August recess, the …

November 12, 2010

There's Plenty of Skilled Labor To Fight Air Pollution

Unions dispute industry excuses about labor shortage