Next week the U.S. Senate is likely to vote on a resolution which would strike down EPA's Mercury Air Toxics Standard for Utilities (Utility MACT). The resolution of disapproval is being sponsored by Senator Inhofe of Oklahoma. These resolutions have the ability to nullify any similar rule making on pollution covered by the Utility MACT (for background on these sorts of resolutions click here).
In our view the Utility MACT is 20 years too late. While the EPA has waited to implement this rule up to one in six children are born exposed to toxic mercury. The unborn child is exposed to mercury when their mothers eat fish with doses of mythlmercury that can be harmful causing brain damage, lowered intelligence, and other neurological disorders. The level of mercury exposure for the unborn child is twice that of the mother as there is no easy way for the unborn child to rid itself of mercury. This sort of mercury is emitted by coal-fired power plants. Utility MACT would reduce the mercury emitted by over 90%.
Won't you take a moment to contact your Senator? Urge your Senator to vote no on Senator Inhofe's CRA on Utility MACT.
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.For more information about mercury and the unborn click here.