WASHINGTON, DC – In a full vote this week the Senate rejected a measure intended to roll back the EPA’s implementation of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), a rule that would limit mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants.
“Today is a great day for our kids and the unborn. The U.S. Senate did the right thing by rejecting efforts to kill mercury regulations at the expense of our children’s health,” said the Rev. Mitch Hescox President & CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN). “20 years was too long to wait but we’ve finally done the right thing by regulating mercury from power plants for the first time,” he said in a ENN news release.
Since 2005, EEN has worked to overcome the mercury poisoning of the unborn. In the last year EEN has run a $400,000 media campaign featuring radio, TV, and billboard ads, as well as emails to 10 million evangelicals and Catholics, in key states to raise public awareness of the dangers of mercury and urging Christians to contact their elected officials to protect the unborn from this poison.
“I’m especially thankful for the bi-partisan leadership of Senators Alexander (R-TN), Casey (D-PA), and Pryor (D-AR) for voting for life” said Rev. Hescox.
EEN has worked with the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and over 100 senior evangelical leaders to lift up the impacts of mercury on the unborn. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 1 in 6 children in the United States are born with harmful levels of mercury.