On December 6, 2018, EPA announced plans to ease rules for new coal-fired plants. Specifically, EPA’s proposal will allow newly built power plants to pump more carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. This is yet another gift to the coal industry at the expense of the public and our environment. You have until March 18, 2019, to voice your opposition.
EPA is taking steps to dismantle the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), a rule that is critical to stopping coal-fired power plants from emitting mercury, an extremely toxic pollutant, into our air and water. According to the EPA’s own projections, these rules save upward of 17,000 lives per year in the United States. And yet EPA is proposing changes that will make these rules vulnerable to rollback or further legal attack. We have until April 17, to tell EPA to stand up for common sense safeguards necessary to protect public health!
In February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its revised “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. The proposed rule dramatically restricts what falls under the purview of the Clean Water Act, the environmental law that regulates water pollution and has led to the cleanup of thousands of rivers and lakes in the United States. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that the proposed rule would remove federal protections for 18 percent of our stream and river miles and 51 percent of our wetlands, leaving millions of Americans vulnerable to polluted water. Instead of fighting to ensure strong protections against water pollution, the Trump administration is continuing its track record of supporting industry at the expense of the American public. You have until April 15, 2019, to let them know that this is unacceptable.
North America's salmon powerhouse, Bristol Bay, Alaska, is threatened by a massive proposed gold and copper mine. The world-renowned sockeye salmon fishery is valued at over $1.5 billion, supports over 14,000 jobs, and sustains more than 30 regional Alaska Native Tribes. The proposed Pebble Mine would be over 1,500 feet deep by 6,500 feet wide, covering 3,190 acres – all in the headwaters of the world’s largest salmon fishery.
The US Army Corps of Engineers has now released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Pebble Mine. The public now has an opportunity to speak up to protect this magnificent region. Public comments are due by May 31, 2019.