This a re-post of an action alert from our environmental partner Clean Air Carolina. Thank for their leadership on this issue!
More Toxic Air for North Carolina Families
|CALL (800) 662-7952 and tell
Governor Perdue to VETO H.952
Right now, industry-backed legislation on Governor Perdue’s desk threatens to take away most of the protections provided by North Carolina’s 20-year old health-based air toxics rules. Two- thirds of the toxic emissions polluting our Carolina blue skies will now only have to adhere to federal standards which are technology-based and do not consider the health of residents living next to the pollution source.
For the past seven months, Medical Advocates for Healthy Air has expressed strong disapproval to changes in the state’s air toxics program and has kept the heat on state legislators. Unfortunately, lobbyists represented by Manufacturers and Chemical Industry Council of North Carolina (MCIC), Duke Energy, PCS Phosphate and others persuaded the NC Senate to pass H.952 – the State Air Toxics Reforms bill.
If this bill is signed into law, toxic air pollutants like AMMONIA, SULFURIC ACID and FLUORIDE will not be regulated.
THERE IS STILL TIME TO ACT!
Please call Governor Perdue today and tell her to veto H.952:
(800) 662-7952 or (919) 733-2391.
“My name is [YOUR NAME] from [YOUR CITY] and I’m calling to urge you to veto H.952 which severely weakens our state’s protective Air Toxics Program. [MENTION A BULLET POINT BELOW].
- There are at least 142,651 children in NC with asthma. These children need protective air regulations so they can breathe easier.
- NC is ranked in the top 10 states with the highest emissions of toxic air pollution from power plants. In fact, NC sources emitted 34 million pounds of toxics in air emissions in 2010, and 1.5 million pounds of carcinogens.
- The NC Air Toxics Rule regulates the most hazardous pollutants including PCBs, dioxins, asbestos, arsenic, mercury, formaldehyde and dozens of known carcinogens.
- The state program covers 21 toxins that are not covered by the federal program. Under H.952 communities will not be protected from these toxins, many of them carcinogens.