Stop Unjust Air Pollution in Louisiana and Texas

ID-10049051

Target: Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Strengthen pollution regulations for PVC factories located in predominantly African-American communities.

The Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized air pollution standards for the seventeen factories that produce PVC in America. While the standards in the fifteen other towns were raised to healthier levels, the standards in Mossville, Louisiana and Deer Park, Texas remain unacceptably low. These two communities have been historically African-American, and the latent racism evident by these unchanged regulations should not be allowed.

The EPA has provided no explanation as to why those two factories specifically have been allowed looser accountability for emissions. Not only are the standards inadmissible because they allow for the poor air quality of their respective towns to continue, but the hint of racism is simply inexcusable. Since the traditional race of the citizens in Mossville and Deer Park seems to be the only difference between the factories there and elsewhere, one can only conclude that their citizens have become victims of environmental racism.

According to the Earthjustice, the Mossville factory “emits every year an estimated 19 tons of hazardous air pollutants, including vinyl chloride, benzene and dioxins (all human carcinogens),” and that “unusually high rates of cancer, lung and respiratory disease abound.” Regardless of the race of their citizens, it is obvious that the current standards for emissions from the PVC factories in Mossville and Deer Park are too weak to effectively protect the people of those cities. The EPA must correct this action and raise the regulations for the factories.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Environmental Protection Agency,

In your finalized National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air: Polyvinyl Chloride and Copolymers Production, you have committed a terrible offense. While you have properly protected the health of the citizens surrounding fifteen of the seventeen PVC plants, the citizens of Mossville, Louisiana and Deer Park, Texas have been left to breathe in the unacceptable air pollution that has been plaguing them for years. While your motives for doing this remain a mystery, the people of those communities are suffering. I urge you to correct this wrong and raise the air pollution standards for those PVC factories.

The communities of  Mossville, Louisiana and Deer Park, Texas, historically African-American communities, have been hounded by all sorts of disease and unhealthy levels of carcinogens for far too long, and when hope was finally in sight, you have apparently neglected these areas due to the race of their citizens. This is the twenty-first century. It is absolutely unacceptable to subject people to poorer treatment simply because of the  color of their skin. You fail to see that all people are created equal, and have equal power to speak out against injustice.

These people have been wronged, and they will not go down without a fight. For the health of their citizens and for justice to their people, I implore you to raise your regulations for emissions on their respective factories. You must raise the living conditions of those towns, because they deserve to be able to breathe comfortably again.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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