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.
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.
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