Uphold Important Air Quality Regulations

Target: Gordon Hintz, Democratic Minority Leader in the Wisconsin State Assembly

Goal: Don’t eliminate Wisconsin’s air pollution regulations.

Wisconsin’s state-level air quality regulations could soon be thrown out if a new Republican bill passes into law. Removing air quality standards would have disastrous effects on Wisconsin ecosystems and on human health. The American Lung Association, the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Clean Wisconsin, and the Sierra Club have all opposed this bill.

According to the American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report, over 125 million Americans are currently living in places with unhealthy levels of air pollution. High levels of air pollution have been linked to cardiovascular disease, lung disease, cancer, and infant mortality. Wisconsin is home to nearly 70,000 children with asthma who are put at risk when they are exposed to air pollution.

Although federal air quality regulations would still remain, many have argued that the state regulations provide important protections for human health and environmental preservation. In an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, Sarah Barry of the environmental advocacy group Clean Wisconsin stated, “The federal level protections may not address the most dangerous air pollution emissions in Wisconsin. This is because those federal standards frequently apply only to very large facilities with tall exhaust towers and other measures to reduce public exposure. It is the state level protections that provide people safety from smaller facilities.”

Sign this petition to urge the State Assembly to uphold current air quality standards to protect the environment and people of Wisconsin.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Hintz,

We are writing to ask you to oppose 2017 Assembly Bill 587. Removing state air pollution regulations is dangerous for Wisconsin’s people and its environment. Air pollution is especially detrimental for infants and children. Poor air quality is linked to low birth weight, high infant mortality, and developmental issues.

Air pollution can also have terrible effects on the environment, especially in aquatic ecosystems. Airborne pollutants can dissolve in lakes and rivers, potentially causing toxic algae blooms and poisoning aquatic animals. On a larger scale, air pollution contributes to global warming, which we must all do our part to prevent.

We ask that you and your colleagues do all that you can to uphold current air quality regulations.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    air pollution needs to stop.

  2. KEEP THE AIR QUALITY REGULATIONS HERE NOW.

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