When was the last time you heard anything about acid rain? Does it not happen anymore? Is it as out of style as grunge music and Friendster? In an effort to answer questions like these (well, except that last one) and engage the online community, the Environmental Protection Agency launched an acid rain discussion forum this week, and the first discussion on April 8 is titled, “Whatever Happened to Acid Rain?”
The discussion series marks the 20th anniversary of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments that got the EPA’s Acid Rain Program going in 1995- it has successfully cut sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 60%.
The EPA describes the discussion series as a forum where topics like the effects of acid rain and the Acid Rain Program’s cap and trade policy will be explained, as well as insight into how the EPA monitors power plant emissions and how they use air and water quality monitoring data.
They invite you to “Please join us over the next few weeks as we continue our dialogue celebrating and documenting the past 20 years of the Acid Rain Program!” So for the latest on acid rain, put on your favorite Nirvana album and check out the EPA’s discussion series- it runs until April 29.