Join Moms Clean Air Force as we testify at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its proposed updates to air pollution protections from ethane cracker plants the morning of November 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sign up to speak at the hearing here by 5 p.m. on November 4 or just show up in your red shirt and help us pack the hearing room with Moms Clean Air Force supporters. Kids are welcome! Plan to stay as long as you can; no need to be there for the entire hearing.
RSVP to Elizabeth Brandt so that we know you are coming. She can provide lots of information and talking points on this issue if you’ve signed up to speak.
The issue: “Ethane cracker plants” are industrial facilities that take a fossil fuel chemical—ethane—and turn it into plastic pellets for plastic production. These plants use enormous furnaces and require massive amounts of energy—and they emit hazardous pollutants. And then they produce plastic pellets used by manufacturers to make all types of plastic products, including single-use products like bottles, cups, straws, and packaging that are themselves a huge environmental hazard.
Because of the projected rapid growth in the number of ethane cracker plants in the US, it’s crucial that EPA requires the maximum achievable pollution controls in order to uphold its mission of protecting both human health and the environment.
Yet the EPA’s proposed updates to the ethane cracker air pollution standards are not strong enough. If these weak standards are finalized, EPA will not be required to review the standards again for another eight years—and we can’t wait that long.
EPA is trying to get away with more pollution from plastics production. This is harmful to our children, our families, and our communities. So join us on November 6 to tell EPA to make the strongest rules possible to protect our health!
The November 6 public hearing is the only one on this proposal. The public comment period on the proposal will be open until December 6, 2019. Contact Elizabeth Brandt for more information on submitting a written public comment.