Prevent Further Acidification of Oceans

Target: Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Create stricter standards and enforcement of water pollution laws, specifically in regard to ocean acidity level

The Center for Biological Diversity has found that numerous U.S. coastal states are not complying with the Clean Water Act, which is specifically designed to reduce water pollution. Acidification of ocean water due to pollution, namely from fossil fuel waste is increasing at a rate dangerous for wildlife and humans, and the Environmental Protection Agency is not adequately enforcing pH standards.

Further, the Center has filed a legal petition challenging the EPA to overhaul these standards and create much stricter ones, in addition to ensuring that they are met. Current standards act as recommendations for states, which suggest acidification not increase more than 60 percent. However, many states’ own standards allow acidification to increase a hundredfold.

Ocean acidification is caused by carbon dioxide pollution from cars, factories and power plants. Currently, about 22 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution ends up in the oceans every day. This pollution and subsequent acidification interferes with the ability of shellfish, coral and fish to develop and to form shells or skeletons. Beyond specific damage to populations of aquatic life, acidification is making oceans deadly for entire ecosystems, and unsafe for human use.

State governments must work towards massively reducing carbon dioxide pollution into the ocean, and the EPA must create stricter standards within the Clean Water Act, and be prepared to enforce them. Please support this effort and ensure that the world’s oceans are inhabitable to aquatic life, and safe for human use for the long term.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Environmental Protection Agency,

Unprecedented carbon dioxide pollution is rendering oceans deadly for shellfish, coral and other aquatic life, and soon unusable by humans. Many states are not being held accountable for such pollution and subsequent acidification of the oceans.

The Clean Water Act recommends that the pH of sea water not increase by more than 60 percent, but numerous coastal states allow one hundredfold increases in pH. Acidification prevents shellfish from forming shells, impairs coral development and interferes with skeleton formation in many fish. Fossil fuel pollution from cars, factories and power plants currently puts 22 million tons of carbon dioxide into the oceans per day.

Pollution at such a disastrous rate must not be permitted to continue. Please reevaluate the Clean Water Act and create stricter standards for ocean pH in order to preserve the health of our oceans.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. Acidification destroys our coral reefs and other shell producing marine life.

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