The Dangers of Mercury: Help Support Clean Air

by Dominique Browning

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.

Please act now: Please tell President Obama that you support the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

Sign the petition telling President Obama to clean up toxic mercury.


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Photo credit: Moms Clean Air Force


W. C
W. C6 months ago


William C
William C6 months ago

Thank you.

Magdalena K.
Past Member 6 years ago


heather g.
heather g6 years ago

I can never understand why petitions are all addressed to Pres. Obama, when we all know that the Republicans vote in opposition to everything he asks for.

Wouldn't it be more tactical to address petitions and other issues to the Republican leadership?

Gloria Morotti
Gloria Morotti6 years ago

How about mercury in dental fillings?? I had mine removed and I think it put even more mercury in my system. Now I have a REAL problem!!

Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

Keep up the good fight. It's discouraging to know we aren't likely to be listened to but not doing anything is worse.

don wreford
don wreford6 years ago

Here in Australia electricians and the people I know throw the efficient light bulbs in the general garbage bins, these contain mercury, the politics of doing the right thing is a non issue, it seems the flow of work load and cost of keeping up excludes such mindfulness, as far as I know the maxim" she will be alright" is alive and well, the platitude to dispose of correctly is a mystery to me? as I do not know what is meant by dispose thoughtfully? if I put the bulb in to the garbage bin, do I have a Zen state of enlightenment? I say to my self I now send a signal down my nerve ends, open fingers light bulb now descends through gravitational circumstance to a resting place that future generations being superior to our present condition of awareness, will evolve to such advanced technology that the toxicity of our present primeval state of being will have a satisfying outcome.

Beth H.
beth Hall6 years ago

Noted and signed.

Rebecca S.
Rebecca S6 years ago

can we also get mercury out of our vaccines?

Linda Gilbert
Gregory Gilbert6 years ago

There is more mercury in one can of tuna than in a dose of vaccine. There is no link between autism and vaccinations other than autism becomes readily apparent at the same age as when vaccines are first given.

And mercury has been eliminated from many vaccines especially for infants. There is mercury in batteries, jewelry, light bulbs, thermostats etc.

In Florida the department of fish and game warns you not to eat certain species of fish because of the environmental mercury.

Coal is the number one source of mercury pollution.