Take Action to Limit Mercury Pollution
  • Petitioned Administrator Jackson

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Administrator Jackson

Take Action to Limit Mercury Pollution

    1. Petition by

      Green America

Every year, tens of thousands of Americans die prematurely and suffer heart attacks due to the enormous pollution from coal-fired power plants nationwide.  In addition, thousands more children are born with brain damage, or develop serious asthma from coal emissions.  As if this enormous human toll were not enough, the economic damage from power plant emissions is also outrageous:  a recent study from Harvard pegged the cost of mercury pollution from coal at up to $25 billion per year.

The good news is that the EPA is proposing strict new rules that would regulate mercury emissions from coal plants nationwide.  These rules are long overdue and clearly needed.

Yet, the coal industry is fighting them.

We need to let the EPA know that Americans nationwide are encouraging them to enact strict regulations.

Take action today to protect our health, our environment, and our economy.

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    • Aurelia Serbia CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      I am sick from and of pollution.

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    • Maneesh Pangasa YUMA, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      Dear Administrator Jackson:

      I am writing to strongly support the new regulations regarding mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. The EPA needs to strictly limit mercury emissions to protect human health and our economy and these regulations need to be implemented on a strict timeline. As a nation, we can no longer afford the serious impacts of mercury pollution. The facts are straightforward:

      --Coal-fired power plants are responsible for 99 percent of mercury from the power sector and a shocking 44 percent of plants are not using the pollution control technologies that would significantly reduce this damage.

      --Mercury from coal plants causes an estimated 11,000 heart attacks, 120,000 cases of childhood asthma, and 850,000 days of work lost annually. According to a recent Harvard University study, the health costs of mercury emissions are costing the country up to $25 billion per year.

      The EPA’s own analysis demonstrates a clear cost saving to the country from adopting these much needed regulations, which have been delayed for 20 years.

      I encourage the EPA to move forward quickly to regulate mercury and thank you for proposing these much-needed rules.

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    • Rosemary Howley OAKLAND, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I support the EPA's proposed strict regulations on mercury pollution, and I encourage you to stay firm in the face of continuing industry opposition. We the people of the United States need your help to keep a close eye on polluting industries. Thank you.

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    • Tamara Townsend SMYRNA, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      The EPA is has gotten to the point of us Americans no longer believing you are doing we, the people, right anymore. The EPA has been negligent in too many cases. Please stand up for us, the people, by REGULATING mercury emissions. We Americans are tired of being at the mercy of corporate interests. Thank you.

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    • Cherie Gorman HOUSTON, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      You need to sit on these people. They are killing us and making money doing it. The cost to the population is too high.

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