Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Control harmful emissions created by air and water pollution from factory farms.
Factory farms have been emitting deadly pollutants for years without EPA regulation. Not only are factory farms inhumane to millions of animals, but the toxic pollution from these farms has horrific implications for farm workers, nearby communities, and the environment and its animal inhabitants.
The Humane Society reports that these factory farms “emit noxious air pollutants, including ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, volatile organic compounds, methane and particulate matter.” These emissions cause problems like acid rain, regional haze, dead zones in various water sources, and even respiratory problems and heart attacks in farm workers and nearby residents.
The livestock in these operations contribute to a significant amount of methane, a major component of climate change, being released into the atmosphere. In addition, these farms store massive amounts of manure in giant pits that release additional air pollution. The ammonia and nitrogen created in the farming process contribute to water pollution that trickles into both animal and human communities.
Tarah Heinzen, attorney for the Environmental Integrity Project, said, “the EPA has acknowledged the harmful impacts of factory farm air pollution for over a decade, yet is still failing to act on the problem.” The EPA is supposed to ensure environmental protection, yet it is purposefully neglecting to uphold its values on this massive environmental, human, and animal issue. It needs to be held accountable and take action on this problem before it gets even worse.
Dear Gina McCarthy,
The thousands of factory farms around the U.S. are causing toxic pollution that has horrific implications for farm workers, nearby communities, and the environment and its animal inhabitants. As administrator of the EPA, you and this agency have ignored the responsibility of regulating the deadly pollution from these farms for years when it cannot be ignored any longer.
The air and water pollution caused by these inhumane operations release emissions causing problems like acid rain, regional haze, dead zones in various water sources, and even respiratory problems and heart attacks in farm workers and nearby residents. These are serious issues that need to be addressed and regulated by the EPA in order to uphold its purpose of ensuring environmental protection.
I urge you to take action on this problem by using your authority to regulate the release of these emissions and create a cleaner space for the environment and the people and animals who inhabit it.
[Your Name Here]
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