Save Big Bend National Park
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Save Big Bend National Park

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      <span>CREDO Action</span>

Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas is visited by more than 300,000 hikers, birdwatchers and tourists annually, but the park's beautiful views are increasingly threatened by air pollution from dirty coal plants and oil refineries.

The Clean Air Act requires the State of Texas and the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce this pollution and clear the air. But EPA's proposed plan for doing so falls far short of what is necessary, allowing the oldest and dirtiest coal plants to continue operating without modern pollution controls that are commonly used in other states.

The EPA is currently accepting public comments on its weak regional haze plan for Texas -- and it needs to know that you value beautiful national parks and expect the agency to do more to clear the air at Big Bend and throughout the state.

Tell the Environmental Protection Agency: Protect Texas' national parks and residents from dirty air pollution.

Unfortunately, it isn't just national parks in Texas that are suffering the consequences of the state's coal pollution problem.

Soot and haze pollution from coal plants also causes significant damage to our health - including breathing problems, throat irritation and even premature death.

But EPA's plan doesn't go nearly far enough to protect Texans' health. Even allowing coal plant owners to continue polluting Texas' air if they purchase emission allowances from states as far away as South Carolina and Minnesota. Needless to say, this wouldn't do anything to improve air quality in Texas.

The plan EPA recently proposed would effectively let Texas utilities off the hook, rather than holding them accountable for their dirty and dangerous air pollution. We can't allow that to happen -- and a strong outpouring of public comments will make it more likely that the EPA strengthens the plan before it is finalized.

Tell the Environmental Protection Agency: Protect Texas' national parks and residents from dirty air pollution.

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    • Karen Weaver GRAND RAPIDS, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      Environmental protection protects our future

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    • Lisa Riggiola POMPTON LAKES, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      I cannot believe we still have to continue to battle to safe-guard our residents and our environment. The EPA is here to protect our environment so please protect Big Bend and the residents of Texas! Please take a minute to sign my petition - Stop DuPont Chemical from Poisoning New Jersey Families - http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-dupont-chemical-from-poisoning-new-jersey-families. Thank you for caring.

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    • Daniel Henwood BOTHELL, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      I visited this park in the late 1970s, and what a treasure it is!

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