Carbon dioxide will soon be declared a dangerous pollutant and that should focus legislators’ attention on the slow-moving climate-change bill on Capitol Hill, according to EPA Administrator, Linda Jackson. The 60-day comment period has closed, so Jackson said that a formal “endangerment finding” would “happen in the next months.” But this administration still wants Congress to do its job. Climate legislation has been expected this week, but that unveiling has since been delayed to late-September.

“Legislation is so important, because it will combine the most efficient, most economy-wide, least costly (and) least disruptive way to deal with carbon dioxide pollution,” Jackson said. “We get further faster without top-down regulation.” (Source: San Francisco Chronicle, September 1, 2009).

Contact: Cathy Milbourn, EPA, (202) 564-4355, milbourn.cathy@epa.gov, www.epa.gov.