Each year, America’s coal-fired plants spew hundreds of thousands of tons of mercury, arsenic, acid gases and other toxic chemicals which pose significant health risks to us all.
Even in small amounts these extremely harmful air pollutants are linked to significant health problems such as cancer, heart disease, neurological damage, birth defects, asthma attacks and even premature death.
Thankfully, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed the first ever limit on harmful mercury and other toxic air emissions from coal-fired plants.
By requiring power plants to install widely available, proven pollution control technologies, the EPA’s new rule would significantly limit harmful pollutants protecting our health, our children, our environment, and even stimulate our economy.
Polluters are fighting this rule and the EPA needs your help! The time for public comments ends August 5, 2011- help us reach record numbers of comments in support of this rule by then!
Help protect America’s health, wildlife, and economy by telling the Environmental Protection Agency you support strong limits on mercury and other toxic air emissions. Take Action today and send your comments to EPA!
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