Target: Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Update obsolete air quality standards to prevent acid rain
For decades, the Clean Air Act has served to protect the environment from the hazards of industrial emissions. When it became clear that acid rain and ozone depletion were major threats to the future of the environment, the Environmental Protection Agency amended the Act accordingly. But since then, the EPA has stood stagnant on the issue of air quality–leaving the health of our citizens and our ecosystems in danger.
The EPA’s scientific experts have concurred that new standards are desperately needed to curb emissions spewed by factories, power plants, and other industrial operations. When sulfur and nitrogen compounds enter the atmosphere by way of industrial waste, they inevitably create acidified rain that harms fish and other organisms. Many lakes in the northeast are currently experiencing a decline in species diversity due to acid rain. Some especially acidic lakes only allow half as many species of fish to survive as might otherwise live there–and the fish that do survive see reduced growth rates.
The fragile ecosystems of the United States–our lakes, rivers, streams, forests, and national parks–depend on us to protect them from pollution. In recent years, the EPA has been negligent in updating the Clean Air Act’s limits on air pollutants. Demand that the EPA follow the advice of its own scientists and instate stricter standards for air pollution. Sign the petition below today.
Dear Environmental Protection Agency,
The survival of the United States’s ecological heritage depends on how well we limit our pollution today. While the Clean Air Act was introduced and later modified with the intention of protecting our country’s waters from acid rain, scientists have shown that the current standards do not prevent the environmental harm caused by toxic air pollutants. As it stands, the Clean Air Act does not include sufficient restrictions on compounds that cause acid rain.
It’s only a matter of time before acid rain irreparably decimates our lakes, rivers, and streams. Fish populations are already suffering, and the wildlife in our national parks has already been impaired. Acid rain will continue to poison our waters and forests until stricter air quality standards are enforced. I urge you to consider the work of your agency’s scientific experts and amend the Clean Air Act accordingly.
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