Urge EPA to Protect Our Health by Cutting Mercury and Other Toxic Pollution

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Adoption of the Air Toxics rule will prevent approximately 17,000 premature deaths, 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms, and 12,000 hospitalizations and emergency room visits every year.

Please urge the Environmental Protection Agency to require steep reductions in mercury, arsenic and other toxic air pollution from power plants. Such safeguards will reduce mercury poisoning of children, as well as speed the deployment of efficiency and renewable energy technologies that do not produce these contaminants.

Why comment?

The EPA proposed new standards on March 16, 2011, that will limit for the first time the hazardous air toxics spewing from American coal fired power plants. Every year, 772 million pounds of mercury, dioxin, and other cancer-causing chemicals come from their smokestacks. This has huge human and economic costs. But big coal companies and utilities want to block these safeguards to protect their profits. Voice your support for the EPA’s proposed protections, and help demonstrate strong public demand for action.

The public commenting period on the rule is open, so make your voice heard now.

We have provided some basic text for your message. We encourage you to personalize it by adding specifics to your message. For instance,

  • Mention anyone you know who suffers from respiratory or other similar illnesses;
  • Cite a local coal fired power plant with significant pollution; or,
  • Refer to a local renewable electricity project that would become more economically viable if dirty power plants had to clean up.

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