Yesterday, a U.S. Court of Appeals put the health of 240 million Americans at risk.1 The court sided with the National Mining Association, Big Coal, and the State of Texas to strike down the EPA’s Good Neighbor Safeguard to protect our air from toxic coal pollution.
But, we’re nowhere near done yet — the EPA can push on and ask the court to rehear the case.
Each year, coal-fired power plants spew millions of tons of harmful pollution into our air. This pollution doesn’t stop at state lines, and as a result people throughout the country are forced to breathe unhealthy air. The Good Neighbor Safeguard was established to help states cut the toxic coal pollution crossing state lines.
This long overdue protection will prevent as many as 34,000 premature deaths annually, avoid 19,000 hospital and emergency room visits, and improve the lives of millions.2
Big polluters have had the EPA in their sights for the last three years. This court decision is the latest in a long line of attacks from Big Polluters on the EPA’s efforts to protect our health. Things have gotten so bad, that in June Big Coal supporters actually threatened the safety of EPA officials at public hearing.3
Thanks for all you do to protect our environment!
Mary Anne Hitt
Beyond Coal Campaign Director
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