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Protect American Families from Toxic Soot
  • Petitioned Barack Obama

This petition was delivered to:

President of the United States
Barack Obama
Environmental Protection Agency
Lisa Jackson

Protect American Families from Toxic Soot

    1. Sponsored by

      Sierra Club

Soot kills. It causes respiratory ailments, heart attacks, premature deaths, and a wide range of other serious health problems. But existing safeguards against deadly soot pollution have been shown to be inadequate for communities living in the shadow of coal-fired power plants.

Now President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency have the opportunity to update those protections and make them meaningful. A proposed clean-air safeguard for soot could help millions of Americans breathe easier every year.

In communities across the country, families deserve to know their air is safe. That's why a strong, scientific standard for soot pollution is so important.

Stand up for life-saving soot protections. Send a message supporting strong soot safeguards now!


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 4,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Juliana Schwarz ROCHESTER, NY
      • 9 months ago

      Soot hurts not only humans, but animals and the environment. It poisons the very air we breathe. No one and nothing can benefit from that.

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 9 months ago

      “ Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.” ~Carl Sagan

    • Zachary Jones ITHACA, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Few things are as important, as clean air and clean water. Our energy consumption may be great, but our need for clean air and clean water is greater. I hope that as a nation we will continue to work towards meeting our needs in more sustainable and healthier ways.

    • Emma Gifford ATLANTA, GA
      • about 1 year ago

      soot is bad for everybody

    • Anne Taylor GAWLER, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      We are all One.

      When one is harmed, all are harmed.

      When one is helped, all are helped.


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