American Electric Power (AEP) is often ranked the #1 offender in major air pollution categories -- that's not a distinction they should be proud of. And instead of cleaning up its act, AEP is spending tens of millions to lobby against your clean air standards.
Now they have gone even further. AEP wrote and is pushing an outrageous 56-page draft legislation that would gut life-saving clean air standards and lead to as many as 34,000 premature deaths in the first two years alone. That's one American dying from avoidable exposure to air pollution every 30 minutes!
The question for AEP and other polluting industries is simple: What's your number? How many lives are you willing to sacrifice with your assault on clean air standards?
Take action today. Email AEP and tell them to stop sacrificing the lives of Americans for their corporate profits.
Now it has gone even further, drafting and circulating an outrageous 56-page draft legislation that would gut life-saving clean air standards and lead to as many as 34,000 premature deaths in the first two years alone -- not to mention 240,000 asthma attacks, and 1.5 million missed work and sick days.
The question for AEP and its allies is simple: What's your number? How many lives are you willing to sacrifice with your assault on clean air standards?
More than 40 years after the passage of the Clean Air Act, roughly 40% of AEP's power plants still lack advanced pollution control technologies. These outdated and inefficient facilities are responsible for a disproportionate share of the mercury, arsenic, acid gases and other toxic air pollution that threaten Americans and burden our economy with lost work days, costly emergency room visits, and lower worker productivity.
I urge AEP to stop working against long-awaited, common sense pollution standards and to embrace this important opportunity to clean up the dirtiest facilities, deploy existing and cost-effective pollution control technologies, and save American lives.