December 2, 2011
Maggie Kao, 202-675-2384
EPA unveils revised protections against
Toxic Mercury from Boilers
DC – Today
the Environmental Protection Agency proposed its long-awaited toxic pollution
protections for boilers and some incinerators.
response, Michael Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director, issued the following
boilers and their toxic pollution are making Americans sick, and we’re
encouraged that long overdue protections that could save lives, improve the
health of thousands and create thousands of jobs are finally
on the books.
“In response to industry pressure, however, EPA today
announced it would further delay the long-awaited protections against
air toxics from industrial boilers and waste incinerators announced
by the Agency last March. That decision leaves Americans exposed to
life-threatening pollutants such as toxic mercury, arsenic and dioxins.
corporate polluters will not be content with weakening this important
protection from air toxics, and we know they will continue to push their agenda
to roll back and even block public health protections and clean air standards.
urge EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to forge ahead with the strongest possible
public health protections to save lives, prevent billions of dollars in
unnecessary health costs, and put thousands of Americans back to work.”