Mercury in Our Air

BY ON January 7, 2019

 

Welcome to 2019, a year in which our battles against dozens of harmful EPA rollbacks gets even more intense. To kick things off: While many families were enjoying a holiday break, Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that EPA would begin to undo the very foundation on which the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards is built. But he’s trying to trick us into believing that nothing will change. Wheeler’s radical agenda to support the fossil fuel industry is the most dangerous we’ve ever seen in the history of the Clean Air Act.

The Trump EPA’s sickening legalistic ploy invites coal companies to sue to relax rules against releasing mercury, arsenic, acid gases, heavy metals — all terrible poisons — into our air. Mercury disrupts the developing architecture of the fetal brain — and harms the brains of toddlers, and adults, as well.

Despite Trump’s and Wheeler’s efforts to hide this attack, moms are watching. That’s why we devoted this entire post to letting our members know why moms will not allow the health protective Mercury and Air Toxics Standards to be weakened. EPA says mercury rules are not “necessary and appropriate.” Moms disagree. There’s nothing more necessary than protecting ourselves from poisons, and it is entirely appropriate to clean up air pollution. LEARN MORE about why it’s so crucial we reduce mercury pollution.

DON’T LET TRUMP’S EPA POISON OUR BABIES’ BRAINS

The Trump EPA and Andrew Wheeler have an outrageous, radical agenda to destroy the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. They will stop at nothing to protect polluter profits. Please urge your representatives to speak out — EPA must not weaken the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. SIGN PETITION HERE

MOMS HOST HOUSE PARTIES

Across the country, moms and dads are bringing their communities together to learn more about the ways they can take action to protect the air our children breathe. Want to host a house party in YOUR community? SIGN UP today and we’ll give you all the support you need.

FOCUS ON: MERCURY 

Mercury easily crosses the placenta, and concentrates in a developing fetus’s blood and organs. 1 in 10 American women of childbearing age have potentially dangerous levels of mercury in their bodies. Learn how the mercury in your child’s tuna sandwich most likely came from the smokestack of a coal-fired power plant. READ OUR MERCURY RESOURCES

MERCURY POLLUTION IN THE UNITED STATES 

Since 2012, the mercury standards have helped to dramatically lower mercury emissions from coal plants. SEE HOW YOUR STATE STACKS UP.

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT MERCURY 

Did you know Latinos are disproportionately exposed to toxic mercury and other harmful pollutants emitted from coal-fired power plants? If you don’t live near a coal plant, why do mercury emissions matter? Do CFL light bulbs contain mercury? READ our comprehensive mercury Q&A and find out the answers to these questions and more!

10 TWEETABLE FACTS ABOUT MERCURY SHARE, LEARN and STAY SAFE!

STOP THE TRUMP EPA’S ATTACK ON MERCURY POLLUTION PROTECTIONS

TOPICS: Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Coal, EPA, Mercury Poisoning, Politics