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-- Joe Main, director of the Mine Safety and Health Administration, on coal company actions to alert workers before safety inspections.

In this issue:
1) Take Action: Ban Toxics from Toy Jewelry
2) Take Action: Support Strong Vehicle Efficiency Standards
3) Health: EPA Pushing Forward
4) Finance: Environmental Risk Awareness Growing


1) Take Action: Ban Toxics from Toy JewelryToy Jewelry
After Congress acted, the Consumer Product Safety Commission finally moved to protect children from lead in children's products. Now another dangerous toxin, cadmium, is being found in children's toy jewelry.

A cheap alternative to lead, cadmium has been known to hinder brain development in young children and cause kidney damage if ingested.


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Tell the Commission to protect our families from cadmium in children's toys!

 

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2) Take Action: Support Strong Vehicle Efficiency StandardsMPG
Our changing climate, the hundreds of billions of dollars sent overseas to pay for imported oil, and the devastated shores of the Gulf and the Kalamazoo River demand that we have a plan to break our oil dependence. By setting strong vehicle standards that ensure our cars average 60 mpg in 2025, President Obama can put us on the path to ending our dependence on oil.


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Ask the President to set the strongest possible standards for cars and trucks!

 

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3) Health: EPA Pushing ForwardCoal Ash
As part of its push to put public health back on top of the priority list, EPA yesterday held the first of seven hearings on new protections from toxic coal ash. The hearings couldn't come at a better time as a new report (pdf) issued last week revealed that toxic coal ash pollution is more widespread than originally thought.

Also this week the EPA is wrapping up public hearings on its new Good Neighbor clean air rule, which will lower dangerous soot and smog pollution escaping across state lines. Together these rules and others are expected to save thousands of lives and generate millions in health care savings.

 

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4) Finance: Environmental Risk Awareness GrowingMountaintop Removal
JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and Wells Fargo are among the growing group of banks incorporating environmental risk into their decisions to fund, or not fund, energy projects. Many of these banks have put policies in place to end the financing of devastating mountaintop removal coal mining, thanks in part to the hard work of Sierra Club volunteers and our allies.

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