Outreach to the Environmental Protection Agency
As the U.S. federal environmental watchdog, the Environmental Protection Agency develops and enforces regulations to maintain environmental quality. IDA has been encouraging the EPA and other federal bodies to consider the natural night as a threatened resource worthy of regulatory protection. IDA addresses light pollution on two fronts: energy efficiency legislation and potential ecological degradation by high levels of light at night.
UPDATE: The study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released 14 December linking light pollution to air quality has potential to garner attention for light pollution among federal bodies including the EPA. IDA is currently mobilizing a campaign that leverages this information.
09 October 2008 – Petition to Stephen L. Johnson, EPA Administrator
“Thus, as part of the Regional Haze plan, states should be asked to make a significant contribution to reducing man-made emissions that contribute to atmospheric discoloration of the night sky. I therefore petition the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency...pursuant to the... Clean Air Act... and the Act’s implementing regulations, to control and reduce the emissions of light fixtures that contribute to visibility impairments. In this petition we request that EPA promulgate regulations (1) requiring the monitoring of the night sky for atmospheric discoloration, and (2) develop regulations necessary to achieve the “natural visibility” conditions of the Clean Air Act in relation to atmospheric discoloration of the night sky by 2064 and the Prevention of Significant Deterioration for other regulated areas.”
30 July 2008 – Letter to Stephen L. Johnson, EPA Administrator
“We all share the widespread public concern about this issue, and we request that the Environmental Protection Agency consider the following steps:
Secretary of Energy
23 November 2009 - Letter to Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy