EPA hearing to focus on Air Quality Cleanup for parks and wilderness
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host a hearing in Denver on Wednesday on proposed changes to provisions of the Clean Air Act meant to restore clean air at national parks and wilderness areas.
Air pollution from industrial, transportation and other sources threaten these protected spaces, along with their visitors, staff and ecosystems, according to a statement issued Friday by the National Parks Conservation Association.
A diverse range of groups and individuals will speak at the hearing, including a retired Yellowstone National Park ranger, representatives from parents’, health and outdoor recreation groups, air-quality and clean-energy experts, and members of local and national conservation organizations. They will testify in support of strengthening the regional haze provisions of the Clean Air Act to provide better accountability and enforcement on pollution control while avoiding more delays on a bipartisan cleanup timetable that is already many decades behind schedule.
To learn more about the proposed changes, visit http://www.npca.org/advocacy/26-strengthening-clean-air- protections-for-parks. Testimony begins at 9 a.m.
Among those confirmed to testify:
• Ulla Reeves, National Parks Conservation Association
• Bill Corcoran, Sierra Club
• Justin Wilson, Western Clean Energy Campaign
• Jen Clanahan, Colorado Moms Know Best
• Nicholas Caleb, What’s In Our Air
• Colette Daigle-Berg, retired National Park Service Yellowstone enforcement ranger
• Chris Shaver, retired NPS air quality expert
• Jake Black, Protect Our Winters
• Lori Goodman, Dine CARE, Navajo Nation
• Matthew Gerhart, Earthjustice
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