EPA: Protect us from Toxic Air
The Power Plant Mercury and Air Toxics Standard is the most important clean air rule since 1990 -- and the EPA is predictably under tremendous pressure by the coal industry and other polluters to weaken it. Now, the EPA has asked us - the public - to weigh in on this critical rule.
For decades, the electric industry has successfully fought requirements to reduce these toxics. They've kept releasing mercury into our air, where it finds its way into the vast majority of our lakes and waterways, into our fish, and then into our bodies, where the poison accumulates, causing deadly diseases and impairing fundamental brain functions like the ability to walk, talk, read, write and learn.
According to the EPA, reduced emissions from this new air toxics rule will save as many as 17,000 American lives every year by 2015, and will prevent up to 120,000 cases of childhood asthma. We must put our support behind this lifesaving new emissions standard! Tell the EPA to uphold this rule and protect Americans from dangerous air pollution.
Submit your public comment now. We need a record number of comments by July 5th!