Send an email to key decision-makers in
SOUTH DAKOTA. Demand stronger efforts to control mobile, point and area source emissions of criteria air pollutants.
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in order to send email because otherwise we won't be able to sign your letter. Your letter will be addressed to:
I have just been reviewing data on criteria air pollutants in my local air,
as shown on Environmental Defense's Scorecard website (scorecard.org), and
I am concerned that not enough is being done to get the air clean.
I urge you to take more aggressive steps to bring our state, including our
cities, into attainment status under the federal Clean Air Act. I also urge
you to immediately begin taking steps to ensure that our state achieves the
new health-based national limits on smog and soot, which were unanimously
upheld by the Supreme Court, so that the residents of our state can be
protected against the harmful effects of these contaminants.
I strongly support state adoption of multipollutant reductions from power
plants. Power plants are a major source of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides,
mercury, and greenhouse gases, and thereby contribute to serious public
health and environmental impacts. Reducing these emissions is a job that
needs immediate attention and effort.
Finally, I urge you to express our state's public support for federal emission
standards to curb the harmful pollutants from nonroad engines, such as
large diesel-powered construction equipment, industrial equipment and
commercial marine vessels. Nonroad engines are major contributors to high
pollution levels but have had to do little to clean up their emissions.
Our state on its own initiative can achieve immediate near-term progress in
cleaning up pollution from large diesel-powered trucks, buses and nonroad
engines by adopting incentives to support retrofit pollution abatement
measures and cleaner-burning fuels. Reducing diesel engine exhaust must be
a top priority, both for attainment and for reducing air toxics.
Please let me what your administration is doing to further reduce air pollution
in our state.
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