Some folks need a break. But we don’t buy the story that big polluters like cement companies fall into that category.
In fact, they’ve had breaks for decades. It was only recently that the EPA finally stood up for our health and decided that companies needed to clean up their toxic and polluting act. But now the cement companies want EPA to weaken those rules and delay their implementation.
Cement kilns burn coal and coal is bad for our health. What happens when rules for cement kilns are relaxed? People can get sick. Really sick.
According to the EPA when they announced the long overdue rules in 2010, they said the rules would prevent:
17,000 cases of aggravated asthma,
1,500 heart attacks,
650 cases of chronic bronchitis,
1,000 emergency room visits for respiratory problems, such as asthma,
740 hospital admissions for respiratory or cardiovascular problems,
32,000 cases of upper and lower respiratory symptoms,
130,000 days when people miss work, and
750,000 days when people must restrict their activities because of particle
If we can prevent all of these bad things, why wouldn’t we?
For our neighbors in Wilmington who have been fighting a proposed Titan Cement kiln for four years, these rules matter. And it should matter for all North Carolinians who want clean air and healthy kids.
Please send your message today and tell the EPA to protect our air.
Organizer, NC Chapter of the Sierra Club
P.S. – We agreed with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson back in 2010 when she said about the new rules,”This administration is committed to reducing pollution that is hurting the health of our communities. With this historic step, we are going a long way in accomplishing that goal. By reducing harmful pollutants in the air we breathe, we cut the risk of asthma attacks and save lives.”