Take action now to help protect parks from a dangerous air quality proposal

May 21st, 2012 | By | Category: General

From the National Parks Conservation Association:

A proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is threatening the long-term health of national parks and wilderness areas across the eastern half of the United States. This proposal would exempt hundreds of highly polluting, antiquated coal-fired power plants from longstanding air pollution clean-up requirements.

Take action now to help protect parks from this dangerous proposal.

Thirty-five years ago, Congress mandated in the Clean Air Act that these outdated coal plants must install the best available pollution control technology to protect places like Great Smoky Mountains, Voyageurs, Everglades, and Acadia National Parks from haze. EPA ignored this mandate for decades, until public pressure and litigation finally forced the agency to enforce the law.

Now, on the eve of a cleanup EPA wants to give many of these dirty coal plants a reprieve. EPA thinks that existing air pollution control regulations are good enough to protect our national parks, but exempting these antiquated power plants from the best available technology would mean hundreds of thousands of additional tons of pollution annually in the air over our national parks.

Take Action: The White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) can prevent EPA from finalizing this rulemaking. Tell the White House to stop EPA from exempting park polluters from state-of-the-art air pollution controls. Let OIRA Administrator Cass Sunstein know that you value places like Great Smoky Mountains, Voyageurs, Everglades, and Acadia National Parks and want them protected for future generations.

Your action today means cleaner air for tomorrow’s national park visitors.

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