Regulations Every Mother Should Love: Mercury And Air Toxics


Moms Clean Air Force is not even a year old and we’ve already seen some important – even historic – accomplishments that will reduce air pollution and bring us closer to a healthy future for our kids.

But there’s much more ahead.

There are more than half a dozen other regulations or bills waiting in the wings that will have a profound effect on the air we breathe.

Here is one regulation to keep a close eye on:

Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

These historic standards put the first-ever national limits on emissions of mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants. Power plants are the single largest source of mercury air pollution in America; they’re responsible for half of the mercury emissions. The new standards will save up to 11,000 lives per year.

Status: the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards were published in the Federal Register on February 16, 2012. That means they are officially “final” and will go into effect soon. However, opponents can still challenge the new law. They have 60 days from the date of publication to sue in court. Members of Congress also have 60 legislative days from that date to introduce a bill called a CRA, which would be one extreme way to undo the rule and would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from ever issuing a substantially similar rule again. Moms Clean Air Force will be fighting to protect the new standards, of course. Stay tuned.

You can read more on how mercury works and in the mercury Q & A.

Please take action to protect strong mercury and air toxic standards.


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Eternal Gardener
Eternal G5 years ago


J.L. A.
j A5 years ago

So glad this effort is succeeding...but may require eternal vigilence.

Alice H.
Alice H5 years ago

I am so tired of the lets focus on the short term and let the long term go hang.

We need to take care of the earth for our grand-children and their grand-children.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago

Good news for everyone, not just mothers and kids. Thanks for posting.

Ron S.
Ron S5 years ago

Jane B – That is a very good question Jane. Of coarse they have nothing to say against large money making, the hell with health, screw the people corporations. It is probably where they get financing. Or could it be that if they can not try to tell others how to think and how to behave they have nothing to say?

Jane Barton
Jane Barton5 years ago

Hey, why aren't the "Million Moms", that Jesus Freak hate group, supporting this? Or are they too busy sticking their perverted noses in everybody's vagina and butt?

Diana McCaleb
Diana McCaleb5 years ago

I can't even imagine why someone would want to challenge this new law to go on continuing to poison us all, it's sickening that it's even an issue! I signed & I hope everyone else will as well.

Hilary S.
Hilary S5 years ago

there is no safe level of mercury to any life form, and its presence in our environment is cumulative: is it has no half life, but continues to cycle through organic and inorganic systems. our legislators fail in their responsibility to protect us by colluding with the release of any mercury at all into the environment, anywhere in the world.
what will it take for us to wake up?
and will that be too late?

Vicky Pitchford
Vicky P5 years ago


Nicholas L.
Nicholas L5 years ago

Good to hear