Target: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Linda Jackson
Goal: Move up the deadline for industry, utilities, and local governments to reduce emissions of dangerous particles into the air.
The Environmental Protection Agency has made great strides in their efforts to eliminate soot pollution this week, announcing a new standard that will force chemical companies as well as utility, gas, oil, coal, and many other industries to reduce their annual particle emissions from 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 12 micrograms. This means that companies will be decreasing their output of hazardous particles into the air. The new standards are based on health studies that have found that exposure to fine particles increases the risks of asthma, heart and lung disease, and early death. There are expected financial benefits to the new standard as well.
There are still many counties that do not meet the new standards for soot pollution, yet they have been given 2020 as their deadline to make the changes. This means that the standard will not truly go into effect for another seven years. To allow pollution to continue for that amount of time, knowing the adverse effects is irresponsible. While the EPA should be applauded for their efforts in the movement for cleaner air, they are not going far enough. The standard needs to be enforced ASAP and a realistic yet effective timeline must be established. The liable industries need to be held accountable for their part in the damage to people’s health and the environment.
By signing this petition you are urging the EPA’s administrator, Linda Jackson, to move up the timeline for enforcement of the new soot pollution standard.
Dear Ms. Jackson,
I would like to start off by applauding the EPA’s efforts to move towards a healthier environment by decreasing the amount of soot pollution allowed in communities. This is certainly an effective step towards cleaner air. However, by setting 2020 as the deadline for communities to adjust to the new standard, you are delaying this progress.
Setting a seven year timeline negates the sense of urgency necessary for such changes to be made. This leaves too much time for harmful industries to continue their damage to the environment, and to come up with a way to change the deadline, or even the standard itself. I urge you to reconsider the deadline you have set, and to ensure that the standard for soot pollution will be accompanied with strong legal enforcement.
[Your Name Here]
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