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This EPA Rule Change Could Kill Thousands of People

Olivia Alperstein       Jan. 11, 2019

"Mercury regulations save 11,000 lives each year. Now, the EPA wants to weaken them.


While Americans were quietly preparing to ring in the New Year, the EPA gave families a deadly present to start the year off wrong.

On December 28, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal that would effectively weaken the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), which protect American families from mercury and other harmful air pollutants emitted by power plants.

The EPA “proposes to determine that it is not ‘appropriate and necessary’ to regulate” these emissions, the EPA wrote in a statement. This means that the regulations will lose the necessary legal mechanism that actually enables them to actually be enforced.

These regulations save a lot of lives — 11,000 every year, according to the EPA’s own data — and they prevent 130,000 asthma attacks annually. Stripping this regulatory power virtually guarantees more asthma attacks and more preventable deaths.

For families, those aren’t just numbers.

At any age, exposure to even small amounts of mercury can lead to serious health problems. The worst health impacts include irreparable brain development defects in babies and young children, and cancer, heart disease, lung disease, and premature death among people of all ages.

Infants, young children, and pregnant mothers are particularly vulnerable to mercury — as well as to arsenic, lead, dioxin, and acid gases, which are also regulated by MATS.

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https://wakeup-world.com/2019/01/11/this-epa-rule-change-could-kill-thousands-of-people/?utm_campaign=Wake+Up+World+e-Newsletter&utm_content=Latest+Headlines+inc.+This+EPA+Rule+Change+Could+Kill+Thousands+of+People&utm_medium=email&utm_source=getresponse

https://wakeup-world.com/category/home-garden/

 

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