Policy and Legislation

Global Warming & Air Pollution

CTA and ETC Group oppose dumping of iron nanoparticles in ocean to “control” global warming
June 19, 2007

In a June 19, 2007 Letter of Concern, ICTA and ETC Group demand EPA fully investigate the legality of Planktos, Inc.’s past and future “iron seeding” activities under the U.S. Ocean Dumping Act. The San Francisco-based company intends to transport and dump 100 tons of iron nanoparticles off the coast of the Galapagos Islands without permit in Summer 2007. According to the company’s website, they undertook a similar illegal dumping operation in 2002. Possible environmental impacts of this untested geo-engineering project include increased production of nitrous oxide and methane, possible toxic plankton blooms, and unforeseen impacts on ocean ecosystems

CTA Comments on the Roadless Area Conservation Rule
November 15, 2004

CTA’s official comments urge the U.S. Forest Service to reject a proposal to weaken its “Roadless Rule,” which protects nearly 60 million acres of wild forest land from logging and development.

CTA Comments on EPA’s “Tier 2” Proposal
August 2, 1999

CTA’s official comments to the EPA applaud the Agency’s tough “Tier 2” auto emissions rule, but ask the agency to include emissions of greenhouse gases.

Testimony on EPA’s “Tier 2” Auto Emissions Rule
June 9, 1999

CTA Global Warming Project Coordinator Mark Briscoe testifies on EPA’s proposed changes to auto emissions regulations at a public hearing in Philadelphia.