Protect America’s national parks from the fossil fuel industry (add your name)

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Dear 5849376,

For years, dangerous haze pollution from dirty fossil fuel power plants has been clouding up the once-pristine scenery and making the air harder to breathe at America's national parks.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just proposed a new rule requiring states to adopt plans to limit haze-causing pollution that affect dozens of national parks across the country. This proposed plan will clear up scenic vistas at many parks, and help to reduce harmful pollution that leads to chronic disease and fuels climate change.

But the proposed rule will allow states to wait nearly a decade to cut the air pollution that is polluting our national parks. The EPA is accepting comments from the public for the next few weeks, so now's the time to urge the EPA to strengthen this rule and act quickly to protect our national parks from dangerous air pollution.

Tell the EPA: Protect America's national parks from the fossil fuel industry's dirty air pollution. Click here to send a message to the EPA.

The EPA's current Regional Haze Rule, first adopted in 1999, seeks to eliminate human-caused visual impairment at national parks. But loopholes in the regulations allow polluters to skirt many of the rule's provisions, including the timely reduction of pollutants.1

What's more, a recent analysis by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) found that 48 national parks that should be protected by the Regional Haze Rule are still affected by a substantial amount of air pollution. In fact, 12 parks across the country scored a D or lower on NPCA's air pollution report card.2

The new proposed rule is a big step in the right direction to clean up the coal industry's rampant pollution in national parks, but it should be even stronger. The new rule would allow states to extend their already untimely clean up plans even longer as well as allow states nearly a decade to actually clean up and stop the sources of air pollution. That's simply not acceptable.

The fossil fuel industry is doing everything it can to stop these changes from going into effect. That's why we must act now to pressure the EPA to strengthen this rule change to protect our national parks, public health, and the environment.

Tell the EPA: Protect America's national parks from the fossil fuel industry's dirty pollution. Click the link below to send a message to the EPA:

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/EPA_haze?t=3&akid=18503.3291973.iA7r6l

Thanks for all you do.

Josh Nelson, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

References

  1. Sierra Club Applauds EPA Progress to Improve Air Quality in National Parks, Sierra Club, April 26, 2016
  2. Polluted Parks: How Dirty Air is Harming America's National Parks, September 29, 2015

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