Some conservative members of the Senate and House of Representatives introduced legislation this week bent on abolishing the 44-year-old health foundation for the Clean Air Act and eliminating Americans’ right to breathe safe air. Senator John Thune (R-SD) co-sponsored the...continued→
John Walke, Clean Air Director/ Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C.
As a senior attorney and the Director of NRDC's Clean Air Program, I work on national legislation, litigation and Environmental Protection Agency rulemakings that will have the greatest impact on ensuring clean air for all Americans. My work focuses on reducing smog, soot and toxic air pollution from power plants, factories, vehicles and other sources. I frequently challenge EPA rulemakings in federal court for running afoul of the Clean Air Act and failing to protect the public. I joined NRDC in 2000 from EPA's Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C., where I worked as a clean air attorney for over three years. Prior to that, I worked as an associate attorney at a private law firm in Washington. I graduated from Harvard Law School in 1993, and graduated with a B.A. from Duke University in 1990.
Twenty-one states have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to terminate health safeguards that protect Americans from toxic air pollution spewed by electric power plants burning coal and oil. Attorneys general from these conservative states want to overturn a lower court...continued→
Yesterday, EPA proposed new standards to limit toxic air pollution from petroleum refineries. EPA’s proposal is good news for millions of Americans, since about 90 million Americans live within 30 miles of a refinery, and many live near more than...continued→
The Environment Subcommittee of the House Science Committee held a hearing this morning to consider a bill by the Republican majority entitled the "Secret Science Reform Act of 2014." I submitted this letter on behalf of NRDC strongly opposing the...continued→
Two of the most important health standards ever adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce harmful air pollution from power plants had their day in court this week. Actually two courts: the Supreme Court heard arguments on EPA's Cross-State...continued→
Science Trumps Denialism: International Cancer Research Body Declares Soot Pollution to Be Known Human Carcinogen
A new report from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer research agency announced the classification of outdoor air pollution and particulate matter as known human carcinogens. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) independently reviewed over 1,000 of the latest...continued→
Yesterday 20 over-zealous Republicans in the United States House of Representatives voted to subpoena health data from Harvard University that the Republicans already have, data from EPA that the Republicans already know EPA does not have, and patient data from...continued→
Some Congressional Republicans have mounted a feverish campaign against long-established science showing a clear causal association between fine soot pollution (PM2.5) and premature death. Their all-too-transparent agenda is to attack clean air health safeguards that are projected to save tens...continued→
This week, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is holding a confirmation hearing on one of the most important White House positions you’ve never heard of. The committee will consider President Obama's nomination of Howard Shelanski to serve as Administrator of the...continued→
I testified this morning at a legislative hearing before a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, where I opposed harmful legislation that would obstruct law enforcement of important health, environmental, food and medical safety and investor protections. My written testimony...continued→
The following was originally published on RegBlog on May 20, 2013. Congressional Republicans have attacked the Obama administration by accusing federal agencies of engaging in collusive litigation practices with public interest groups (pejoratively dubbed “sue-and-settle”). Republicans in both the 112th and...continued→
The Chamber of Commerce has joined leagues with Congressional extremists to urge obstructing the enforcement of federal health, environmental and financial safeguards that have proven too popular to weaken by direct amendment. The Chamber is carrying the water of Congressional...continued→
The group of Republican Senators [pdf] most loudly criticizing the nomination of Ms. Gina McCarthy to head EPA evidently have decided not to mount a frontal assault on her impressive qualifications or historic health achievements [pdf] leading EPA’s clean air program. Indeed,...continued→
Following President Obama's State of the Union speech earlier this month, in which he vowed to exercise existing legal authority to reduce air pollution that causes dangerous climate change, a House Republican chairman lashed out at the president's pledge. Congressman Ed...continued→
[Co-authored with my colleague, Jon Devine.] The House Science Subcommittee on Environment is holding its first hearing of the 113th Congress entitled “The State of Environment: Evaluating Progress and Priorities.” With their two announced witnesses, the Republican majority is signaling...continued→
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