The Dangers of Mercury: Help Support Clean Air
The polluter lobby is now pressuring the White House to fundamentally weaken–or add gaping loopholes to–the urgently needed Mercury and Air Toxics Standards—just as this rule is about to be posted.
I urge moms–and dads–to rally: please tell President Obama that you support this important clean air rule.
This is so urgent that we will hand-deliver your petitions to the White House ourselves.
Mercury is a terrible neurotoxin. Fetuses, infants and toddlers are especially vulnerable to mercury poisoning, which harms hearts, lungs and brains. The rule to eliminate this poison has been in the making for 21 years. Coal plants have had plenty of time to adjust – and many have. Our children have waited long enough for EPA action. If we don’t fight for our children, who will?
Coal-fired power plants emit half of all toxic mercury pollution in the U.S. and over 386,000 tons of other hazardous air pollution every year.
The 1990 Clean Air Act—signed into law by Republican President George H. W. Bush—explicitly called for the EPA to address mercury and other dangerous air pollutants.
The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule is one of the most important clean air regulations to ever come out of the EPA. It would reduce mercury, arsenic, acid gases, and other hazardous air pollution from America’s oldest and most polluting coal-fired power plants.
Many utility executives have already brought their electricity plants up to standards—and they have written in public support of this rule/ We know it can be done—using American engineering, and creating jobs—without harming the economy.
But now a handful of coal utility companies, armed with powerful polluter lobbyists, is urging that clean-up be delayed—and is fighting to weaken clean air standards for the most toxic pollutants.
The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards would prevent 17,000 premature deaths every year. We must make sure President Obama hears from us.
Photo credit: Moms Clean Air Force