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New report: Trouble in the Air: Phoenix experienced 149 days of polluted air in 2020

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New report: Trouble in the Air: Phoenix experienced 149 days of polluted air in 2020

The Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler metro area, home to over 5 million people, suffered through 149 days of elevated air pollution in 2020, according to a new report from Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group. Air pollution increases the risk of premature death, asthma attacks, cancer and other adverse health impacts.

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Statement: By passing a Congressional Review Act resolution, Senate takes valuable step toward reversing catastrophic methane rule

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Statement: By passing a Congressional Review Act resolution, Senate takes valuable step toward reversing catastrophic methane rule

WASHINGTON -- In a bipartisan vote, the Senate passed a Congressional Review Act resolution on Wednesday undoing a Trump-era rollback of methane emission controls. The resolution was introduced in March by Sens. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Angus King of Maine. Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Susan Collins of Maine joined Democrats in voting for resolution. A similar resolution is pending in the House, introduced by Reps. Diana DeGette of Colorado, Scott Peters of California and Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania.

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Statement: Biden moves toward allowing states to return to setting stricter vehicle emission standards

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Statement: Biden moves toward allowing states to return to setting stricter vehicle emission standards

WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration announced Monday it would begin to undo the Trump administration’s attempt to block states such as California from setting stronger tailpipe emissions standards than the federal government. Specifically, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted a notice seeking public input for the purposes of rescinding the Trump’s administration's action. This is the first step toward reaffirming California’s clean cars waiver under the Clean Air Act and allowing other states to adopt California’s more stringent greenhouse gas emissions standards and zero emissions vehicle mandates. 

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Statement: Michael Regan’s confirmation as EPA secretary is the right decision for key agency

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Statement: Michael Regan’s confirmation as EPA secretary is the right decision for key agency

WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmed Michael Regan as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday. With his strong environmental protection background as the leader of North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality, Regan is expected to place the agency’s focus back squarely on its mission: to protect the environment and public health. This will include safeguarding the nation’s waterways and air quality, as well as pushing forward with bold action to address climate change.

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