Environmental RRT Action Alerts – March 20, 2017

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Environment Rapid Response Action Items 3.20.2017

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Next Meeting! Saturday, March 25, at 10 a.m. Lancaster Country Democratic Committee, 53 N. Duke St, Suite 10, Lancaster – at the “Underground,” accessible via the parking lot entrance in back. Respond to this email if you have meeting agenda items.

 Our agenda for March 25 Meeting:

Trump’s budget plan: how best to express concern and pushback, esp. EPA cuts.
Discussion about pending legislation and how to pick battles.
How to optimize meetings with legislators or staff and planning for the next meeting.
Updates from Jim Sandoe on his recent efforts in Harrisburg and D.C.
Discussion/planning a forum on Lancaster climate change impacts.
Actions for upcoming vote on Judge Gorsuch, 9th Supreme Court Justice. 

Visit http://yearsoflivingdangerously.com/act/ Lots of opportunities for action! 

Please join us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/812039932280303/

The People’s Climate March in Washington, DC on April 29, 2017. The Sierra Club has set up a bus registration at rallybus.net/peoples-climate-march. The pick-up point has changed to the AC Moore parking lot instead of McGovern Ave.

There is also a rallybus.net to the Science March on April 22.

Our local contact is Jane Druce:mailto:janedruce@gmail.com

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED ON ATLANTIC SUNRISE PIPELINE
Atlantic Sunrise received FERC approval Friday, Feb. 3. Connect with Lancaster Against Pipelines http://www.wearelancastercounty.org/

Volunteers and donations needed and signup pages for both are on the website. THE TRUMP/PRUITT ASSAULT ON THE EPA Read link to WaPo’s “Trump’s budget takes a sledgehammer to the EPA”
Impact of EPA budget reductions for Pennsylvania are spelled out in letter to Pruitt from PA Acting Secretary of the DEP

WHAT AMERICA LOOKED LIKE BEFORE THE EPA Penn Live features archived photos of conditions during early years of EPA.

 Cross State Air Pollution Rule under attack by S.J.Res.21 sponsored by Toomey, no cosponsors; now in committee. Starting in May 2017, this final rule will further reduce ozone season emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) from power plants in 22 states in the eastern United States, providing up to $880 million in benefits and reducing ground-level ozone exposure for millions of Americans. Contact Toomey and ask for an explanation.

Waters of the U.S. rule (see link for detailed discussion) 2.28.17 Executive Order. Read here for discussion of Trump’s lies about the effects of this rule. Message Scott Pruitt on Facebook; phone him: 202-564-4700 

Contact Toomey about every assault on the EPA; he’s an active participant in this–see S.J.Res.21 above. We need to make it known we disapprove of Pruitt’s actions and hold Toomey responsible for voting him in and for continuing to give Trump a free pass.

The CRA to Disapprove the Bureau of Land Management Methane Rule (S. J. Res. 11) has passed the House. The Methane Rule limits the venting, flaring, and leaking of methane — the main component in natural gas — from oil and gas operations on public lands. This bill could tie in committee with two more votes. Contact Lisa Murkowski, chair of Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and committee member Independent Angus King.

Related to S. J. Res. 11 is Pennsylvania’s SB175 below.

STATE SENATE

SB175 is still in committee. Contact members of the Environmental Resources and Energy committee. Member voting info is available here. This bill would prohibit the state from passing any regulation of methane emissions that are more stringent than federal regulations set by the EPA. Good background info here.
Call and/or email Rep. Smucker and Senator Toomey to demand a face-to-face town hall with constituents from the 16th congressional district.

U.S. SENATOR PATRICK TOOMEY FAX HIM HERE https://faxzero.com/fax_senate.php

U.S. SENATOR BOB CASEY

FAX HIM HERE https://faxzero.com/fax_senate.php

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE LLOYD SMUCKER

PA SENATOR SCOTT MARTIN  

PA SENATOR RYAN AUMENT

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