Tell the EPA: Crack down on mercury pollution

Did you know that coal-powered power plants are the largest man-made source of mercury pollution?

Smokestacks releasing pollution
Joseph Sohm |

Mercury is toxic to the human brain.

Mercury is toxic to the human brain and central nervous system, especially for children.

Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed rules to tighten emissions limits from fossil-fueled power plants. If enacted, the new standard will eliminate up to 70% of mercury emissions.

In order to protect public health, we’re rallying grassroots support in favor of cracking down on mercury pollution from power plants.

Regulations on mercury will help protect our kids.

For decades, power plants have endangered the health of millions of Americans by releasing mercury into the air. We know that mercury interferes with brain development of young children and contribute to heart attacks in adults, among other problems.

The EPA’s proposed regulations can make a difference on this issue. It would require fossil fueled-powered power plants to more thoroughly filter for toxins, including mercury and arsenic before being discharged.

It’s estimated that the new rules would reduce the discharge of pollutants into the country’s waterways by about 584 million pounds every single year.

Tell the EPA to crack down on mercury pollution from power plants.

The EPA is currently accepting public input on its proposed rule and is legally obligated to consider all comments in its decision-making process. By adding your name in support of stringent standards, you can help build the necessary support to see them enacted.

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