Cross-posted from Appalachian Voices
Coal plants: #1 source of mercury into our air. Bonding with water and falling from the air, mercury deposits in our lakes, rivers, streams, and other waterbodies that provide drinking water, fish, recreation, and ecological habitats. Read here & learn about mercury’s toxic effects.
Right now, you can take a stand to reduce mercury emissions from coal plants across the country.
This past March, the EPA submitted stronger regulation standards for mercury, acid gases, and other toxic air pollutant emissions from power plants. Until July 5th, 2011 you can send a public comment to EPA Administrator Jackson in support of this progressive measure.
A local example of mercury’s far reaching toxicity is the Watauga Lake in Tennessee. Shown in the below video, the Watauga Lake is a pristine, high elevation mountain lake with no direct pollution sources. Yet, the Lake is under the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation precautionary fish advisory due to high mercury levels in fish tissue. Women who are nursing or pregnant and young children are advised not to eat these fish so as to reduce the risk of developmental and neurological deficiencies in children.
Clean air and water are human rights that must be protected from coal industry pollution. Your comment will only take a few minutes, but can help prevent years of environmental destruction from air toxics.
Instructions to Submit a Public Comment:
ALWAYS include the EPA docket number: EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0234.
**Online submission at www.regulations.gov and search for the EPA docket number.
**Mail 2 copies of your comment to EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC)
Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0234
Environmental Protection Agency
Mail Code: 2822T
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
**Fax to 202-566-9744
Read the original post here:
EPA Accepting Public Comments for Power Plant Mercury Emissions (send yours in today!)