Target: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy
Goal: Permanently close Philadelphia’s highly-pollutive Brunner Island coal-burning power station.
The Brunner Island coal-burning power station is ruining the environment and harming the people of Philadelphia. The massive levels of nitrogen oxide pollution released by the plant present very real public health threats in the form of severe respiratory damage. Nitrogen oxide pollution is also the third leading cause of climate change behind carbon dioxide and methane emissions.
All coal-burning plants present such threats to the environment and to public health. However, Brunner Island is a particularly egregious example because the plant does not have the technology nor the funds to modernize its strategies for reducing nitrogen oxide emissions. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy must order Talen Energy to shut down the Brunner Island coal-burning power station.
Ample evidence already exists of Brunner Island’s harmful effects on the local environment. The plant relies on the Susquehanna River for its cool-down process, which causes the water temperature of the river to stay at an elevated level while the plant is in operation. This attracts fish to the area surrounding the plant. When coal-burning procedures stall at the plant, the temperature of this nearby water rapidly drops. One such incident killed over 1,000 fish in the Susquehanna. Brunner Island was subsequently fined approximately $25,000 dollars.
The people of southeastern Pennsylvania are also suffering due to toxic emissions from Brunner Island. Studies have found that Philadelphia has an above average rate of asthma-induced hospitalizations, with close to one in five children in the area suffering from asthma. Pollution from coal-burning plants damages the respiratory system and lodges ozone particles in the lungs. It is exactly this type of respiratory issue which leads to asthma. Furthermore, this process can also lead to lung cancer.
Brunner Island has already wreaked havoc on the health of Philadelphians and on the local environment alike. That it, like all coal-burning power plants, is contributing heavily to global climate change is also clear. Considering the disastrous consequences of its operations, we cannot let Brunner Island stay open any longer. Sign the petition below to urge the EPA to demand a permanent shutdown of Talen Energy’s Brunner Island coal-burning power station.
Dear EPA Administrator McCarthy,
Talen Energy’s Brunner Island coal-burning power station is destroying the environment and plaguing public health. It would be simply irresponsible to allow this power plant to stay open. It’s time to demand a permanent shutdown of Brunner Island to protect the people of Philadelphia and their local environment.
Brunner Island has already wreaked havoc on the fish population of the Susquehanna River while also contributing to elevated asthma rates in Philadelphia. Moreover, as a coal-burning power plant making little to no effort to reduce its nitrogen oxide emissions, Brunner Island is directly contributing to global climate change.
We need to move away from dirty energy sources and start taking public health and environmental sustainability more seriously. Our livelihoods and the environmental as a whole are at stake. I urge you to demand a permanent shutdown of Talen Energy’s Brunner Island coal-burning power station.
[Your Name Here]
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