Last chance: Tell the EPA to stop unregulated mercury pollution


Dear Friend,

Big polluters are working to derail the most important update to the Clean Air Act in decades — and we need a massive show of support right now telling the EPA that they must stop unregulated mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans — including more than 130,000 CREDO activists — have already submitted a comment on this air toxics rule. These comments will be delivered to the EPA at a big rally in Boston on Tuesday.

Mercury is awful stuff. I can't stress enough how important this rule is, and how important it is for the EPA to hear from you about it. Please submit a comment so it can be delivered before the rally on Tuesday.

Thanks for fighting for clean air.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action




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Tell the EPA: Stop unlimited mercury pollution from power plants.

Don't let polluters weaken the new rule that cuts toxic air pollution.
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Tell the EPA to implement the strongest possible rule to protect Americans from unregulated mercury, arsenic, lead and other toxic air pollution from power plants. Submit a public comment now.

Take action now!

Dear Friend,

Mercury pollution in small amounts leads to birth defects, neurological dysfunction and premature death. But every year, coal-fired power plants alone pump nearly 50 tons of this potent neurotoxin into our air.

Mercury exposure is so widespread in this country that as many as 1 in 6 women of childbearing age has mercury levels in her blood high enough to put a baby at risk of mercury poisoning.1

Coal-fired power plants are the biggest source of mercury pollution in this country, yet incredibly, mercury pollution from power plants has been totally unregulated. The EPA is working to change that, with the most important update to the Clean Air Act in 20 years.

But polluters are doing everything they can to force delay after delay at the EPA. Last month, they succeeded in extending the public comment period on this rule.2 We need to make sure they don't succeed in blocking it entirely.

Tell the EPA: Stop unlimited toxic mercury pollution from power plants. Submit a public comment now.

For decades, Big Coal and electric utilities have successfully fought requirements to reduce their toxic air pollution.

They've kept releasing mercury into the air, where it finds its way into the vast majority of our lakes and waterways, into our fish, and then into our bodies, where the poison accumulates, causing deadly disease and impairing fundamental brain functions like the ability to walk, talk, read, write and learn.

According to the EPA, reduced emissions from this new air toxics rule — which will regulate mercury, arsenic, lead, acid gasse, and six dozen other unregulated toxic chemicals — will save as many as 17,000 American lives every year by 2015, and will prevent up to 120,000 cases of childhood asthma.

Tell the EPA: Stop unlimited toxic mercury pollution from power plants. Submit a public comment now.

The health benefits of this rule will provide tremendous monetary benefits of between $60 billion to $140 billion annually, at a substantially lower cost of less than $11 billion for the polluters.3

With no sense of irony, polluters claim this is too expensive a cost for them to bear — as they reap billions of dollars in profit and heap substantially higher health costs onto the public. But the cost of the new regulations is a bargain, and the requirements are very reasonable: power plants have four years to install or upgrade to technology that already exists and is in use at many power plants nationwide.

Yet polluters are doing everything they can to remain totally unaccountable for their toxic pollution. And so far, they have been extremely successful in pressuring the EPA to delay. Already this year the EPA has delayed major rules to regulate toxic coal ash from power plants, climate pollution from oil and gas refineries and new power plants, and a rule to cut toxic air pollution from industrial factories.

The EPA hasn't delayed the release of the Mercury Rule yet, but extending the public comment period is not a positive sign. We need a massive display of support to encourage the EPA to stand up to polluters, and to implement this rule without delay. Please add your voice now.

Tell the EPA: Stop unlimited toxic mercury pollution from power plants. Submit a public comment now.

Thank you for fighting for clean air.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. "Protect our kids from toxic mercury," CNN, March 17, 2011
2. "EPA extends comment period for proposed mercury rule," The Hill, June 21, 2011
3. "EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Rule: Bottom Lines and Background," NRDC, March 16, 2011


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