In 1955, the first federal legislation was proposed addressing pollution: The Air Pollution Control Act. This act sought to allocate funding to research to study air pollution and create avenues to reduce air pollution. This was followed by another piece of groundbreaking legislation in 1963: The Clean Air Act. This follow-up act worked with the U.S. Public Health Service to monitor and control air pollution. These acts were followed by numerous other acts aimed at regulating emissions like the Motor Vehicle Air Pollution Control Act of 1965 and The Air Quality Act of 1967.
But, in 1970, the Clean Air Act Amendment was introduced and implemented new regulatory programs: National Ambient Air Quality Standard; New Source Performance Standards; State Implementation Plans; and, the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. In December of the same year, the US Government created the U.S. Environment Protection Agency to administrate these acts.
An additional amendment to the Clean Air Act was introduced in 1977 to further set new standards for vehicle emissions and another in 1990 phased out ozone-depleting chemicals in accordance with the Montreal Protocol.
Over the course of the last century, many Pittsburgh residents have been adversely affected by the harsh hand of pollution. With these present circumstances, our mission is to showcase the commonwealth's longstanding policies to help progress within this sector.
We do workshops at affiliate sites across Pittsburgh and will be apart of the Youth Climate Action Summit on April 1. We will also be hosting a seperate workshop at Phipps Conservatory on the 16th of April.
We're a group of six under Phipps Youth Climate Advocacy Group. All six of our members come from all across Pittsburgh, but united over our shared passion of climate justice and advocacy. With these purposes in mind, we formed this group to help inform more people of how climate policy can help shape our shared action.