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The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA): A Reference Summary for Clean Air Agencies

In the wake of this weekend’s passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, here is a quick and informal brief for the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) members that unpacks what’s in the law in plain English. This quick NACAA brief includes three sections: a summary of the overall provisions and two lists of all the programs funded by the IRA (one for all the funding going through EPA, and one for funding going through other Federal agencies).  These lists include the purpose, dollar amount, eligible recipients, and the page number of the bill so you can go look for yourself what Congress intended for the money. More news to follow!

Top Stories

NPR – The Inflation Reduction Act incentivizes capturing carbon emissions

The Hill – Republicans wage war on environmental investing rules

Axios – Chemists discover new method to destroy “forever chemicals”

Ambient Air Quality/EPA/Tribes News

Gothamist – NY deploys labs on wheels to measure air pollution block by block

Clean Technica – New Report Details 2 Major Air Pollutants & Related Health Impacts In More Than 7,000 Cities

Denver Post – Colorado regulators tell Suncor to better monitor air pollution from oil refinery north of Denver

Grist – Wildfire smoke is choking Indigenous communities

Desert Sun – House passes wildfire and drought package that includes $250 million for Salton Sea

Protocol – Carbon dioxide removal is growing. So is the need for a code of conduct.

AP News – Heavy rain forces road closures, flood watches in Arizona

Mother Jones – Watch: Western Cities Are in a Bind as the Colorado River Runs Dry

Climate Change/Energy

The Hill – Nearly all marine species face extinction if greenhouse emissions don’t drop: study

E&E News – Climate law seen driving ‘demand destruction for fossil fuels’

E&E News – The top 10 emitting power plants in America

E&E News – U.S. emissions up 2.5% in first half of year

Axios – White House: Climate law could slash related damages by up to $1.9 trillion

Axios – Biden administration pressed on EV charging payment equity

NPR – Federal judges deal the oil industry another setback in climate litigation

Politico – Hot deals: A consumer’s guide to the new climate law

Inside Climate News – The New US Climate Law Will Reduce Carbon Emissions and Make Electricity Less Expensive, Economists Say

Politico – Energy secretary guardedly optimistic about gas prices

Thomson Reuters Foundation – Migrants share lessons with U.S. to improve climate resilience

Canary Media – Chart: Which sectors will drive biggest emission cuts under climate bill?

The Guardian – Solar panels: how to fix your energy bills while the sun shines

Toxics/Mobile Sources

Protocol – Indiana has a $100 million EV plan. Black communities say they’re being left out.

Energy News Network – Federal electric bus program leaves Chicago, other school districts behind

CBS News – These electric vehicles qualify for tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act

Quartz – The new US climate law has a gigantic methane leak

CBS News – How roundabouts improve traffic safety and lower carbon emissions

Protocol ­– How GM plans to make its ambitious EV goals reality

Indoor Air Quality

The Hill – Greens ask EPA to ban new natural gas heating

NBC News – Asthma deaths rose during the pandemic. Climate change may make it worse.

Spokane Public Radio – Scientists work to protect indoor air quality from wildfire smoke

Bloomberg Law – Climate Bill Improves Air Quality Despite Fossil Fuel Benefits