2010 Feb. 22: AK: EPA Petitioned to Regulate Deposit of Black Carbon “Soot” On Glaciers and Sea Ice

2010 Feb. 22: AK: EPA Petitioned to Regulate Deposit of Black Carbon "Soot" On Glaciers and Sea Ice

On February 22, the Center for Biological Diversity (“CBD”) petitioned the EPA act on reducing black-carbon pollution under the federal Clean Water Act (“CWA”).  CBD’s petition states that black-carbon, or soot, is both harmful to inhale and a dangerous contributor to global warming, in that it accelerates the melting of ice by blackening Arctic sea ice and glaciers.  The petition is the first of its kind, seeking the protection of water in its solid form.
If EPA were to adopt water-quality criteria for black-carbon, the State of Alaska would be required to adopt or comply with EPA standards established to control its release in order to protect sea ice and glaciers.  The State would have to take into account emissions from ships and older heavy-duty vehicles and construction equipment, primary sources of black-carbon.
Legislation introduced by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) requires research into black-carbon emissions and its effect on climate.  Senator Rockefeller’s bill has been attached to a research bill sponsored by Senator Mark Begich, the Arctic Ocean Research and Science Review Act.  Senator Begich’s bill calls for a review of existing Arctic Ocean research programs and advisory groups, existing scientific information, and gaps in research and the coordination of research activities for the Arctic Ocean.

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