Target: Power companies using coal-fired power plants
Goal: Impose caps on emissions from coal-fired power plants
The Environmental Protection Agency has decided to pursue a rehearing on a panel decision for a proposed rule on cross-state air pollution. Previously, a panel of three judges had thrown out a rule designed to reduce pollution caused by coal-fired power plants. Filed in the United States Court of Appeals, the EPA claims that the panel overreached their power, and rather than just review a proposed rule, it created new policy out of the decision by finding that the EPA did not have the authority to create such a rule.
Many power companies, including EME Homer City Generation LP and Southern Company, have continued to oppose the rule to put caps on their emissions in more than two-dozen states. The state of Texas has also joined as a vocal opponent of the rule. The power companies and the state claim that this proposed rule would be too costly for and put too much of a financial burden on the power companies if they were to comply with such regulations.
According to the EPA, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, compounds found in emissions from coal-fired power plants, are a direct cause of many environmental problems such as smog and acid rain. Putting caps on these dangerous emissions is not only better for the environment but also better for the health of everyone living in the vicinity of these power plants.
While the EPA is moving forward and trying to get another review of the rule, it is still facing much opposition. Lend your voice and let power companies know that environmental welfare and the health of United States citizens are more important than making a quick buck. Please sign the petition below and help the EPA make the air cleaner and safer for everyone to breathe.
Dear EME Homer City Generation LP, Southern Company, and all other power companies opposed to emissions caps,
Environmental protection is not just a “left” leaning issue. It is of vital importance to all of us. Dirty air equals dirty lungs for everyone, including yourselves. These caps on emissions from your coal-fired power plants are harmful for the environment and for human life.
Exchanging these important issues for a quick buck is not acceptable. As businesses, you should strive for ethical business practices and not only when it is convenient and cheap to do so. Health and environmental preservation take priority over profit, no matter what the circumstance may be.
Please agree to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule of caps on emissions. You are not only cleaning up the air, you are also saving lives. You have the power to control the emissions; please do what is right.
[Your Name Here]
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