Take action: Submit a public comment urging EPA to protect our health from mercury, arsenic, air toxics

We can keep thousands of kids from getting sick — but not if the big coal companies and utilities have their way.  CAP’s Susan Lyon has the how and why.

Act now: submit a public comment to the EPA to clean up our air. You can also comment in Spanish here.

Millions of pounds of toxic chemicals, including mercury and arsenic, spew from the smokestacks of American coal fired power plants each year. New reduction standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency would limit these hazardous air toxics for the first time, preventing 17,000 premature deaths, 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms, and 12,000 hospitalizations and emergency room visits every year.

But””surprise, surprise””big coal companies, utilities and their friends in Congress want to block these safeguards and handcuff the EPA.

Voice your support for the EPA’s proposed health protections.

By requiring steep reductions in mercury, arsenic and other toxic air pollution from power plants, we can reduce mercury poisoning of children, as well as speed the deployment of efficiency and renewable energy technologies that do not produce these contaminants.

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

It’s up to all of us to demonstrate strong public demand for action.

—  Susan Lyon

One Response to Take action: Submit a public comment urging EPA to protect our health from mercury, arsenic, air toxics

  1. Russell says:

    To take the coal emission levels as a guide to unacceptable biocumulation risks entails a moral duty outlaw the import of CFL’s containing Chinese or Croatian mercury, amd declare the Bay Area and other geochemical hot spots superfund sites unfit for human habitation, along with lower Manhattan, which has been hopelessly slathered with vermillion paint by Feng Shui enthusiasts honoring the traditional view that mercy sulfide makes you healthy , wealthy and wise.

    Then again, one could ignore them as biochemically irrelevant and intellectually perverse.