Arctic sea ice and glaciers are disappearing at a rate even more rapid than predicted only a few years ago. Under the Clean Water Act, EPA is directed to protect all of the nation’s waters from pollution. EPA can squarely address the contribution of black carbon to sea ice and glacier decline under its Clean Water Act authority.
To adequately address the problem of sea ice and glacier loss due to black carbon, EPA must promulgate new water quality criteria under Clean Water Act Section 304(a)(1) to accurately reflect the latest scientific knowledge regarding the adverse impacts of black carbon deposition.
EPA is also requested to publish information pursuant to Section 304(a)(2) to provide much needed information on black carbon to the states and to serve as the basis for a comprehensive approach to reducing black carbon emissions.
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