In the last few months, Americans submitted more than 800,000 comments in support of a new Environmental Protection Agency ruling, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards--the first-ever national policy to curb dangerous mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.
This is an unprecedented outpouring of support for cleaner air.
I want to thank everyone who joined MOMS CLEAN AIR FORCE--you helped send a strong message to Washington.
Clearly, Americans want cleaner air. Parents are especially passionate about fighting air pollution--it hurts fetuses, babies and toddlers the most. Every pregnant--or about to be--woman you know should read about mercury poisoning. Get angry--and get active. How dare polluters poison our babies?
Many responsible coal plant executives have already installed filters on their plants--it hasn’t hurt their profits or cost them jobs.
But many polluters, and their lobbyists and political allies, are fighting these improvements. They are calling for repealing the Clean Air Act and gutting the EPA’s budget so that it cannot enforce any regulations.
Now what? Our work at MOMS CLEAN AIR FORCE is far from done. With the comment period closed, EPA considers the feedback, and responds to issues raised, often in the final version of the rule. The agency is required by the Courts to release the final rule by November 16, 2011. No one has to vote on the rule. Once it is published in the Federal Register, the clock starts ticking--emitters have three years from the date of publication to reduce their pollution.
Polluters will now be working overtime to figure out ways around the new ruling. They will lobby Congress to intervene to delay or alter it. Congress can pass laws that unravel air protection--laws that defund EPA, strike its right to set standards for these--or any other--pollutants, or bar EPA from spending money to implement rules; they could pass laws to weaken the emission standards, or extend polluters’ deadlines.
Ask everyone you know to JOIN MOMS CLEAN AIR FORCE. Forward this post along via email. Naptime Activism! We make it easy to keep up the pressure on political representatives to support clean air--and we'll continue to explain why, exactly, it is so important to clean up the air.
We have to protect our children’s health; no one else cares as much as we do. And thank you, again, with all my heart, for joining me in this mission.