[Date Prev][Date Next][Date Index]

E-M:/ State Attorneys General Fight to Protect Public Health from Harmful Mercury



-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Michigan's AG Mike Cox isn't on the list -- 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2005

CONTACT: Christina Kreitzer, 415-977-5619


State Attorneys General Fight to Protect Public Health from Harmful Mercury
   Statement by Nat Mund, Senior Washington Representative, Sierra Club

Several state Attorneys General acted today to defend public health and
enforce the law by formally challenging to the Bush administration's rule
on mercury emissions from power plants.  Today the Federal Register
published that rule, which allows three times more mercury pollution from
America's dirtiest power plants than strong enforcement of our current
clean air laws and delays cleanup for more than a decade.

In response to these events, the Sierra Club issued the following
statement:

"The Sierra Club applauds the nine state Attorneys General who filed
lawsuits today against the EPA for taking steps to do something the Bush
administration is not -- protecting children and babies in the womb from
harmful exposure to mercury.   They are right to object to a rule that
allows three times more mercury pollution than strong enforcement of our
current clean air laws and delays cleanup for more than a decade.  We hope
that other Attorneys General will join their voices to this fight for
public health.

"The impact of the EPA's mercury rule will be felt by all of us, but most
importantly it will jeopardize the health of hundreds of thousands of
newborns in the U.S. each year."

The following Attorneys General filed lawsuits today against the EPA:

New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey
California Attorney General Bill Lockyer
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal
Maine Attorney General G. Steven Rowe
Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly
New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte
New Mexico Attorney General Patricia A. Madrid
New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer
Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell

                                   ####



==============================================================
ENVIRO-MICH:  Internet List and Forum for Michigan Environmental
and Conservation Issues and Michigan-based Citizen Action.   Archives at
http://www.great-lakes.net/lists/enviro-mich/

Postings to:  enviro-mich@great-lakes.net      For info, send email to
majordomo@great-lakes.net  with a one-line message body of  "info enviro-mich"
==============================================================