Issue: Clean Air
Deadline: August 17, 2012
Break Up The Love Affair Between These Two
Do you find it incredibly frustrating when someone abruptly breaks off plans you made a long time ago? That’s basically what the Environmental Protection Agency did with dozens of communities across the country this summer.
This bad story started off good: after more than a decade of inaction, the EPA finally took strong action a few years ago to clean up toxic air pollution from cement plants—dirty facilities that cause asthma and heart attacks, brain damage, cancer and as many as 2,500 early deaths every year. Everything was going according to plan, but then the EPA abruptly decided last month to both weaken and delay by two years the health protections for people who live near cement plants.
Why? Industry pressure.
Help us counter that pressure. Take action and tell the EPA that it is unacceptable to delay and weaken protections that would reduce disease and save thousands of lives.
People’s health and lives are on the line. The EPA is meant to protect us from polluters, not the other way around. Take action today!