Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.
Unless otherwise noted, the data presented throughout this Web site reflect EPA’s 2003 modeling and analysis of the Clear Skies Act of 2003. Clear Skies legislation was intended to create a mandatory program that would dramatically reduce power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and mercury by setting a national cap on each pollutant. The Clear Skies bill was proposed in response to a growing need for an emission reduction plan that will protect human health and the environment while providing regulatory certainty to the industry. The proposed legislation for air regulation never moved out of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee in 2005 and was therefore never enacted.
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- White House Clear Skies Initial Fact Sheet (2002) (PDF, 2 pp., 344KB)
- Clear Skies Policy Book (2002) (PDF, 9 pp., 383KB)
- Transmittal Letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert (2002) (PDF, 2 pp., 177KB)
- Transmittal Letter to Vice President Richard Cheney (2002) (PDF, 2 pp., 175KB)
- July 26, 2001 Testimony of Christine Todd Whitman, Administrator, US EPA, before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the Health and Environmental Effects of Emissions from Generating Electricity (PDF, 12 pp., 33KB)
- November 1, 2001 Testimony of Jeff Holmstead, Assistant Administrator, US EPA, before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on S. 556, the Clean Power Act of 2001 (PDF, 13 pp., 338KB)