Protect Pennsylvania From Coal Plant Pollution

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Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Reduce air pollution from a huge, dirty Pennsylvania coal-fired power plant.

Coal-fired power plants produce a huge amount of air pollution in Pennsylvania, and the state recently finalized a new rule that will limit the amount of smog-inducing emissions from these plants. However, one huge power plant has been completely omitted from the plan, leaving it as the only remaining coal plant in the state without modern pollution regulations. Unless this loophole is amended, Brunner Island, a large power plant in southeast Pennsylvania, will continue to produce excessive air pollution that reaches as far as Philadelphia.

In 2015, there were twelve alert days for smog in the Philadelphia region during which citizens were urged to stay indoors due to an increased risk of breathing problems. Air pollution can have serious health risks for the people who are exposed to it, as excessive smog can lead to respiratory and cardiac problems. Breathing polluted air for the long term results in significant lung damage which can lead to asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema, as well as an increased susceptibility to the flu and other illnesses. Children, the elderly, and those with respiratory illnesses are especially vulnerable, but exposure to air pollution can ultimately shorten anyone’s life span.

Pennsylvania’s new safeguards have the potential to reduce NOx emissions from power plants by up to ninety percent, but will only be efficient if they cover every large coal plant in the state. Brunner Island contributes to a huge amount of smog in the Philadelphia region, and if the plant cannot be shut down it should at the very least receive the same regulations as other power plants in the state. Brunner Island should be held to the same reduced level of air pollution as all other similar plants, and should not be exempt from the new plan’s requirements.

The millions of people in southeast Pennsylvania deserve to breathe clean air and have their health protected. Sign the petition below to demand that the Environmental Protection Agency take action to amend this mistake in Pennsylvania’s new plan and ensure that Brunner Island reduces its pollution levels.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. McCarthy,

Due to an omission in Pennsylvania’s new plan to reduce power plant pollution levels, the coal-fired power plant at Brunner Island is being held completely exempt from the new safeguards. This huge coal plant in southeast Pennsylvania will be the only remaining power plant in the state without modern pollution regulations, and this loophole must be amended.

Brunner Island produces excessive air pollution that reaches as far as Philadelphia. In 2015, there were twelve alert days for smog in the region during which children, the elderly, and those with respiratory illnesses were urged to stay indoors. Smog can have serious health risks for the people who are exposed to it, often causing respiratory and cardiac problems which can lead to asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. The millions of people in southeast Pennsylvania should not have their health at risk and their life spans shortened due to excessive air pollution; they deserve to breathe clean air.

I am urging you to amend Pennsylvania’s new pollution plan and ensure that the Brunner Island Power Station is held to the same standards as every other coal plant in the state. Please take action to reduce the amount of air pollution from this power plant, and protect the health of Pennsylvania’s citizens.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Zachary Scott-Singley

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