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Great Lakes Article:

Protect the Clean Air Act

from USPIRG
06/19/2002

Dear supporter,

Power plants emit more air pollution than any other industry in the United States. And every year, air pollution sends hundreds of thousands of Americans to emergency rooms, triggers millions of asthma attacks, and causes tens of thousands of premature deaths.

We need strong enforcement of the Clean Air Act to reduce power plant emissions, but the electric industry has mounted a massive lobbying effort to gut a key clean air act program. Last week, the Bush administration adopted the industry lobbyists' position and announced that it will issue new rules allowing more pollution to be emitted by thousands of power plants, refineries and other industrial facilities across the nation.

We need to let the Bush administration know that we oppose their proposal to weaken the Clean Air Act. Follow the link below to go to a web page where you can e-mail President Bush and EPA Administrator Whitman.

http://pirg.org/alerts/route.asp?id=9&id4=ES


BACKGROUND

Every year, air pollution sends hundreds of thousands of Americans to emergency rooms, triggers millions of asthma attacks, and causes tens of thousands of premature deaths. At the same time, air pollution damages forest and aquatic ecosystems, poisons the fish we eat, and threatens the future of the planet by contributing to global warming. Power plants emit more air pollution than any other industry in the United States. The only comparable sources of air pollution are cars and trucks.

In order to reduce power plant emissions, we need strong enforcement of the Clean Air Act. However the electric industry has mounted a massive lobbying effort to gut a key clean air act program. Unfortunately, last week the Bush administration adopted the industry lobbyists' position and announced that it will issue new rules that will allow more pollution to be emitted by thousands of power plants, refineries and other industrial facilities across the nation. The additional pollution caused by this rollback will lead to thousands of premature deaths per year that could have been prevented.

We need to let the Bush administration know that we oppose their proposal to weaken the Clean Air Act. Follow the link below to go to a web page where you can e-mail President Bush and EPA Administrator Whitman.

http://pirg.org/alerts/route.asp?id=9&id4=ES

Sincerely,

Gene Karpinski U.S. PIRG Executive Director

http://www.USPIRG.org

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