Applaud Court Ruling Reducing Water Pollution

Target: Environmental attorneys for the Sierra Club, Earth Justice, the Environmental Integrity Project, and the Defenders of Wildlife

Goal: Praise activists for instigating the recent court decision forcing the EPA to regulate water pollution from power plants

Washington D.C.’s U.S. Court of Appeals recently passed a decision forcing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean up power plant water pollution by May of 2014. The decision stems from a 2010 lawsuit filed by environmental organizations against the EPA for allowing power plants to create water pollution unchecked. Although the Utility Water Act Group (UTWAG) has been fighting on the side of utility companies to prevent further regulations, the new court ruling is a win for environmentalists. The measure will conserve over 100 billion gallons of water per year and cut pollution by 2.6 billion pounds.

Until now, power plants have been infamous for releasing pollutants like selenium, arsenic, mercury, and lead into public waterways. These poisons are known carcinogens and are particularly harmful to pregnant women. Environmental experts say the utility industry has evaded ecologically-sound regulations for over thirty years, and citizens who source their water downstream from the plants are relieved by the new ruling.

Wildlife advocates, like those in the Environmental Integrity Project and the Defenders of Wildlife, have also feared for the lives of marine life, and they are relieved by the ruling. Attorneys for environmental groups like the Sierra Club and Earthjustice have been outspoken in their support for the new measure and their disappointment that is has taken so long to pass. Praise them for pressuring the EPA to regulate water pollution from power plants.


Dear Counselors,

As an environmental advocate, I thank you for the effort you made over the last three years in your case against the EPA. Major utility companies should not be immune to environmental regulations, especially when their negligence negatively affects public drinking water and defenseless wildlife.

The recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to impel the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce harsher restrictions against power companies causing water pollution was a definitive win for your team. However, it was also a victory for residents living downstream of power plants, who use public water resources tainted by pollution. It was also a win for aquatic birds and fish living in polluted waterways, and for the vegetation on which they depend. I thank you for defending clean water.


[Your Name Here]

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