AIR AND CLIMATE CHANGE - 1960's The League of Women Voters of Texas supports state government action for control of air pollution in Texas, including:
- power to set and enforce standards stricter than those required by the federal government
- adequate funding to carry out research, planning, and enforcement
- legislation allowing local and regional governments to set and enforce standards stricter than those of the state
- encouragement of citizen involvement in the rule-making and enforcement process.
Air Quality The League has been involved with air quality legislation at the state and national levels since prior to the passage of the Federal Clean Air Act (FCAA) in 1970. In 1977, amendments to the FCAA were passed extending deadlines and relaxing some pollution standards.
In 1990, the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 were passed. These aimed to reduce substantially air pollution from most American cities by the turn of the century. The requirements will protect human health and the environment, while balancing environmental and economic concerns. Provisions include more stringent pollution controls for air quality, motor vehicles, hazardous air pollutants, acid rain, and stratospheric ozone depletion. Areas in Texas not meeting the air quality standards are Houston, Beaumont/Port Arthur, El Paso, and Dallas/Fort Worth. Additionally, Victoria County and Culberson County (Guadalupe Mountains National Park) are being evaluated for non-attainment status.
The vehicle provided under the Clean Air Act to show compliance or a plan to attain compliance is the State Implementation Plan (SIP). The League has been involved in numerous revisions of the SIP and supports legislation that will promote clean air, such as vehicle inspections, changes in gasoline formulation and/or the use of alternate fuels, and more auto and industry pollution controls.