Thursday, March 17, 2011

Stop feeding us Mercury

Sierra Club - Explore, enjoy and protect the planet

Dear Friend,

Tell the EPA to Stop Air Toxics
From Harming Our Communities 

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Take Action Today!
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.2 And we finally have a chance to end the cycle.

Please send a message to the EPA today to stop air toxics like mercury from harming our communities.

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.

Send your message to the EPA today in support of life saving protections that can keep mercury pollution out of our communities.

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.

Stand with us now and tell the EPA to get the job done!

Thanks for all that you do to protect our health and the environment.
Sarah Hodgdon
Sarah Hodgdon
Sierra Club Conservation Director

[1] "Blood Organic Mercury and Dietary Mercury Intake: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999 and 2000,"Environmental Health Perspectives: April, 2004.
[2] "Emissions of Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal-fired Power Plants," Environmental & Health Engineering, Inc. Report 17505: March 7, 2011. 
[3] "EPA Proposes First National Standard for Mercury Pollution," EPA: March 16, 2011.
[4] "U.S. EPA, National Listing of Fish Advisories, Technical Factsheet, EPA-823-F-09-007," EPA: September, 2009.