“At this moment, when the impacts of the climate crisis are becoming ever more disruptive, costing billions of dollars every year from floods, wildfires, droughts and sea level rise, and jeopardizing the safety of millions of Americans, the court’s ruling is disheartening.” Michael Regan — EPA Administrator

PG&E Hunters Point Power Plant circa 1997 photo: Chris Carlsson

“In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated the Clean Power Plan rule, which addressed carbon dioxide emissions from coal and natural gas fired power plants. For authority, the Agency cited Section 111 of the Clean Air Act…known as the New Source Performance Standards program, also authorizes regulation of certain pollutants from existing sources. Under that provision, although the States set the actual enforceable rules governing existing sources, EPA determines the emissions limit with which they will have to comply.” The Agency derives that limit by determining the best system of emission reduction…BSER. In the Clean Power Plan, EPA determined that the BSER for existing coal and natural gas plants included three types of measures, which the Agency calls “building blocks”. The first building block was “heat rate improvements” at coal- fired plants — practices such plants could undertake to burn coal more cleanly. This Court stayed the Clean Power Plan in 2016, preventing the rule from taking effect.” [Supreme Court of the United States October Term2021https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EABG_DahWJbSEmDSVUQssp-wfXOgUizc/view]

“The Clean Air Act authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate power plants by setting a “standard of performance” for the emission of certain pollutants into the air. Since passage of the Act 50 years ago, EPA has exercised this authority by setting performance standards based on measures that would reduce pollution by causing plants to operate more cleanly. In 2015, however, EPA issued a new rule concluding that the “best system of emission reduction” for existing coal-fired power plants included a requirement that such facilities reduce their own production of electricity or subsidize increased generation by natural gas, wind or solar sources. The question before us is whether this broader conception of EPA’s authority is within the power granted to it by the Clean Air Act.”

The Best & The Brightest — Grand Opening Hunters Point Biomonitoring Program Medical Screening Clinic December 2019 funded by the David & Lucille Packard Foundation
PG&E Hunters Point Power Plant 2007 prior to its deconstruction Photo Chris Carlsson
Marie Harrison — Hunters View resident and “Mother of the Environmental Justice Movement in Bayview Hunters Point” died following a cardiopulmonary arrest due to pulmonary fibrosis in 2019. Harrison was on the phone with Greenaction Executive Director Bradley Angel discussing strategies to address worsening air pollution in the neighborhood where she once lived the morning of May 3, 2019 . She went into cardiopulmonary arrest that evening and died on May 5, 2019 .
Eight California coal and oil-fired power plants closed between 2001 and 2011. UC Berkeley postdoctoral scholar Joan Casey led research that first identified babies born preterm — before 37 weeks of pregnancy — to be at increased risk of cerebral palsy, asthma and death.

“For those living within roughly three miles of the plants, the team concluded that closing the facilities dropped preterm birth rates from seven percent to 5.1 percent, effectively decreasing the number of preemies born by a quarter.” Retirements of Coal and Oil Power Plants in California — American Journal of Epidemiology, Casey et al Volume 187, Issue 8, August 2018

“ A Breath of Fresher Air!” March 2009 — Demolition of the PG&E Power Plant allows a clear view north- photo: Chris Carlsson
The Body Burden of the Earth

“The stakes here are high. Yet the Court today prevents congressionally authorized agency action to curb power plants carbon dioxide emissions. The Court appoints itself — instead of Congress or the expert agency — the decision maker on climate policy. I cannot think of many things more frightening.” [Read the Supreme Court’s EPA Decision, Elena Kagan’s Dissent — https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022–06–30/full-text-read-the-supreme-court-s-epa-decision-elena-kagan-s-dissent]



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