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Re: E-M:/ URGENT: GREAT WATERS SIGN-ON LETTER



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Enviro-Mich message from Vilan Hung <vilanh@umich.edu>
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On Fri, 1 Aug 1997, LISA S. YEE wrote:

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> Enviro-Mich message from "LISA S. YEE" <YEE@nwf.org>
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> Dear Enviro-Mich Folks:
> 
> ***************************************************************************************
> PLEASE SIGN ONTO THE ATTACHED LETTER BY COB TUESDAY,
> AUGUST 5TH, RE: The Great Waters Program, a provision of the
> Clean Air Act that requires EPA to take action to control the link between
> air pollution and water quality in our Great Waters (such as the Great
> Lakes, Lake Champlain, Chesapeake Bay, and other coastal waters).
> **************************************************************************************
> BY SIGNING ONTO THIS LETTER YOU WILL JOIN INDIVIDUALS AND
> ORGANIZATIONS NATIONWIDE IN CALLING FOR STRICTER TOXIC AIR
> POLLUTION CONTROLS TO PROTECT GREAT WATERS.
> ***************************************************************************************
> PLEASE FORWARD TO OTHER RELEVANT LISTS & INDIVIDUALS
> ***************************************************************************************
> 	Attached is a sign-on letter for you/ your organization to endorse.
> If you have not as yet written a letter but still want to demonstrate your
> support for this important tool that will protect our health, please sign
> onto this letter.  Or, if you want to send your own letter, please
> incorporate any or all of the enclosed letter and fax to Carol Browner,
> EPA, fx: (202) 260-0279
> ****************************************************************************************
> The sign-on deadline is 5PM (EST) TUES. AUGUST 5TH.
> Please fax/e-mail us the endorsement information below. Send
> endorsements to:
> * Lisa S. Yee, NWF, Ph: (313) 769-3351, Fx: (313) 769-1449, E-mail:
> yee@nwf.org
> * You can also help by asking two other interested groups/individuals to
> endorse this letter. 
> ****************************************************************************************
> Yes, please sign me/my organization onto this letter!
> Name:_Vilan Hung____________________________________
> Title:_Student_________________________________
Organization:________________________________________________
Address:427 S. Fifth Ave__#5_________________________________________________
City, Ann Arbor
State:  Michigan_________________________________________
> Zip:_48104__________________________
> Ph: (313)_996-0496____________________________ 
> Fx: (               )____________________________
E-mail:_vilanh@umich.edu____________________________________________________
> 
> Yes, please sign me/my organization onto this letter!
> Name:_____________________________________
> Title:__________________________________
> Organization:________________________________________________Address:___________________________________________________City, State: _________________________________________
> Zip:___________________________
> Ph: (               )_____________________________ 
> Fx: (               )____________________________
> E-mail:_____________________________________________________
> 
> Yes, please sign me/my organization onto this letter!
> Name:_____________________________________
> Title:__________________________________
> Organization:________________________________________________Address:___________________________________________________City, State: _________________________________________
> Zip:___________________________
> Ph: (               )_____________________________ 
> Fx: (               )____________________________
> E-mail:_____________________________________________________
> 
> Thank you for your help.
> Lisa S. Yee, Lake Superior & Biodiversity Project Organizer/
> Regional Organizer, and
> Anita Kraemer, Water Quality Organizer
> 
> ***************GREAT WATERS SIGN ON LETTER FOLLOWS******************
> 
> NWF Sign-on/Sample Letter
> 
> Carol Browner, Administrator
> U.S. EPA
> 401 M Street, S.W.
> Washington, D.C.  20460
>  
> 	RE: 	EPA's draft Great Waters Adequacy Determination must
> be revised to protect our families, wildlife, and the nation's waters from
> toxic air pollution.
> 
> Dear Administrator Browner:
> 
> We want to thank you for showing strong leadership to protect the
> health of America's families and the environment from soot and smog
> pollution. This was a bold step forward to clean up air pollution and give
> every American safe air to breathe. This letter asks you to now clean up
> another air pollution threat to our health, children, and families -- toxic air
> pollution.  
> 
> A powerful tool to reduce toxic air pollution, the Clean Air Act's Great
> Waters Program requires EPA to protect the nation's Great Waters (such
> as the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain, Chesapeake Bay, and other coastal
> waters) from adverse public and environmental health effects from toxic
> air pollution.  In your agency's recently released draft Great Waters
> Adequacy Determination, EPA said that no new measures are needed to
> protect people and the environment from toxic air pollution. EPA's draft
> says that enough is being done to protect our families from toxic air
> pollution. The facts -- including those in EPA's own report -- indicate
> stronger efforts are needed.  
> 
> Toxic air pollution is the most widespread source of water pollution
> throughout much of the country.  Toxic pollutants such as mercury,
> dioxin, and PCBs fall from the air into the water.  Seventy percent of the
> toxic pollutants that industries reported in 1995 is released into the air.
> Great Lakes states lead the nation in the dumping of toxic air pollutants
> that cause cancer and disrupt hormones, and are the second biggest
> source of pollutant emissions that cause birth defects, according to
> EPA's 1995 pollution data.  
> 
> What goes up into the air then falls on our nation's waters.  For example,
> according to your Great Waters reports, 76-89% of the PCBs in Lake
> Superior is from the air. Twenty seven percent of the nitrogen entering
> Chesapeake Bay is from the air. Eighty percent of mercury in Delaware
> Bay is from the air. Tampa Bay receives 46% of its cadmium from the air.
> These toxics cause significant health effects. Fish consumption
> advisories -- including 37 states with warnings caused by airborne
> mercury -- indicate the serious and widespread nature of this problem.
> Children, senior citizens, fish-eating families, and people with asthma are
> especially at risk.
>   
> Toxic fallout is the number one source of water pollution in the Great
> Lakes region according to EPA reports. The five million anglers (and their
> families) who fish the Great Lakes are most at risk. They face cancer
> risks as high as 1-in-22. This is almost 5,000 times higher than EPA's
> "safe" level.Comments on Great Waters draft
>  Adequacy Determination
> 
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> We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, ask you to provide
> clean air and water to our families.  Please take these actions:
>   
> 1.   Implement the new national standards for smog and soot. When we
> clean up our smog and soot problems, we will help reduce toxic air
> pollution, doing a double service.
> 
> 2.   Recognize that current toxic air pollution controls are not adequate to
> protect public and environmental health and revise the recently proposed
> Great Waters Adequacy Determination to acknowledge this.
> 
> 3.   Take action now to eliminate toxic pollution from the worst industrial
> toxic air polluters, including coal-burning power plants, incinerators, and
> steel mills.
> 
> 4.   Take action now to eliminate the worst non-industrial sources of
> toxic air pollution, including pesticides, cars, and polluted river sediments.
>  Cars, trucks, and buses are a large source of toxic air pollution and
> automobile fuel efficiency and clean car initiatives can help clean up this
> pollution.  Pesticides that cause air and water pollution should be phased
> out.  PCBs at the bottom of our rivers also contribute to toxic air pollution
> and must be cleaned up.
>     
> Thank you for your leadership in protecting our health, families, and
> children from dangerous air pollutants.  Please continue this effort by
> taking action to clean up the worst cancer-causing chemicals and other
> pollutants that threaten our families and the nation's waters.
>   
> 	Sincerely,
> 
> 
> 
> 
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