Clean Air Victories

Above: Thanks to work to eliminate coal-fired power plants from Oregon and Washington by 2024, skies will be clearer at places like Mount Rainier National Park. Photo © Danny Warren/iStockphoto.

NPCA at Work | Cleaning Up Haze | Victories | Reports | Pollution in Parks | Sources

NPCA works nationally and regionally to improve air conditions around the country.

• For the past several years, NPCA staff and supporters have been very involved in obtaining adequate pollution controls for the taconite industry, through state and federal processes like the Regional Haze Rule—a law requiring cleaner air in large national parks and wilderness areas. In January 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to regulate emissions on taconite facilities that impact air quality in Voyageurs and Isle Royale National Parks!

• For decades NPCA has advocated for park air quality protections and currently leads a national coalition whose efforts have resulted in an agreement mandating enforceable air plans for 47 states. Now we are making sure those plans lead to serious air pollution reductions from big, old, dirty power plants and other polluters impacting parks.

• NPCA is working to ensure that the Environmental Protection Agency does not let old, park-polluting power plants off the hook. Learn more about the impact these big coal plants have on our parks, and the pollution controls EPA should require to clean them up, in NPCA’s Cleaning Up the Haze report and comments to EPA.

• NPCA has been defending the cleanup—as required by the Clean Air Act—of the San Juan Generating Station in New Mexico, a major pollution source impacting some of the most iconic parks in the Southwest.

• Thanks to the advocacy of NPCA and allies, Oregon and Washington will soon see less pollution, and by 2024, both states will be fully free from coal-fired power plants that have been hammering majestic parks like Mt. Rainier and the North Cascades with pollution for decades.

• NPCA recently reached a historic agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority to retire some of its coal-fired power plants and reduce pollutants in the region.

• NPCA's California Clean Air and Climate program focuses on outreach, education, legislation and advocacy to promote cleaner air in the Pacific region. Field offices in Fresno, Joshua Tree, and San Francisco work with the parks, public, decisionmakers, and schools to fight for cleaner air.

• NPCA successfully fought an unnecessary power plant near Hampton Roads, Virginia. Thanks to more than 9,000 supporters who spoke out against it, Old Dominion Electric Company suspended its plans to build the plant. As a result, the air around several national parks will be subjected to less haze from airborne emissions, and people in nearby communities will be able to breathe easier, too.

• NPCA helps coordinate a network of businesses in Virginia who voluntarily pledge to promote cleaner air. Learn more about the Virginians for Healthy Air Network.

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