American Electric Power (AEP) is one of America's oldest and largest utility companies. It also ranks #1 in most major air pollution categories.
But instead of cleaning up its act, AEP has spent tens of millions to lobby against life-saving clean air standards. Now it has gone even further. AEP has drafted and is circulating an outrageous 56-page bill that would delay, weaken, and block important life-saving clean air standards.
This bill would lead to over 34,000 premature deaths in the first two years alone -- not to mention 220,000 asthma attacks, and 1.5 million missed work and sick days. (PDF)
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?
Let's demand that AEP stop pushing its dirty air bill and start cleaning up its most polluting facilities!
This bill would result in 34,000 premature deaths, 220,000 asthma attacks, and 1.5 million missed work and sick days in the first two years alone. So, the question is: What's your number, AEP? How many lives are your billions in corporate profits worth?
More than 40 years after the passage of the Clean Air Act, roughly 40% of your facilities still lack ANY pollution control technologies. And according to your own numbers, you've spent less than 2% of your revenues on pollution control over the last 20 years.
Your outdated and inefficient facilities are responsible for a disproportionate share of the mercury, arsenic, acid gases and other toxic air pollution that threaten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.