Mercury pollution is poison and 300,000 babies are born every year at risk.1
It might as well be Russian Roulette: At least 1 in 12 and as many as 1 in 6 American women of childbearing age have enough mercury in their bodies to put a baby at risk. Mercury and other dangerous air pollutants are connected to extreme health problems: brain damage, learning disabilities, birth defects, heart disease, cancer and even premature death.2And we finally have a chance to end the cycle.
After 20 years of delay, the EPA has finally proposed strong mercury and air toxics standards for power plants.
Our nation's biggest polluters want to block these standards, but if enacted we'll be preventing 17,000 premature deaths and 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms a year.3 The stakes are too high to let dirty polluters ramrod the process. There has never been a clearer need for massive public involvement. We must lead the charge to make sure the EPA has the support it needs to clean up this dangerous pollution and protect our health. Together, we will send hundreds of thousands of comments and ensure the best possible standards for our health.
All 50 states, the District of Columbia, 5 tribes and two U.S. territories have issued fish advisories, many of them due to the risks of mercury poisoning.4
Other air toxics are just as dangerous to our public health. Arsenic, dioxins and acid gases are also spewing from the nation's power plants, putting people at risk across the country. Enough is enough. We are all at risk. And finally after years of delays, court orders, and your support, the EPA is making a strong stand for public health, requiring big polluters to stop spewing mercury, arsenic, acid gases, dioxins and other air toxics from their smokestacks.