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13 Jun

We can’t let the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Rule be destroyed

The recently signed Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Rule is estimated to
prevent 130,000 asthma attacks! Unfortunately corporate lobbyists are
working hard to take down this important rule!

Let’s stop the corporate lobbyists: Tell your Senators to prioritize
public health over corporate greed!

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Dear The McGlynn,

How many more shenanigans from corporate lobbyists do we have to put up with? This week, Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, is attempting to use the obscure Congressional Review Act (CRA) [1] to try to stop a great new rule, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Rule. [2] Before the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Rule, there were no standards for how much mercury power plants could spew into the air – mercury that ends up in our food and water. No wonder up to 400,000 infants are born every year with elevated levels of mercury in their blood! [3]

We can’t let the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Rule be destroyed. The CRA is Senator Inhofe’s sneaky way of taking back a rule we just got passed in December. With one in ten children suffering from asthma and missing on average more than 4 days of school each year, families want this rule, which is estimated to prevent 130,000 asthma attacks every year.[4], [5]

Don’t let Sen. Inhofe and the corporate lobbyists win! Tell your Senators to prioritize public health and clean air over corporate greed by urging them to support the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Rule now by clicking here:

http://action.momsrising.org/letter/Mercury-CRA_Rollback/?rd=1&t=2&referring_akid=3344.1590094.xpefKY

Once you click the link you can use our handy tool to send a quick note to your Senators. It only takes less than a minute, I promise!

What’s the Lowdown?

Just last December, because of the hard work of hundreds of advocates and thousands of messages from MomsRising members (like you), President Obama signed the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Rule. [7]

Your work made a difference! Here’s what the President said at the time of the signing:

“Thanks to the hard work of so many of you, Lisa [Jackson, Director of the EPA] and I were able to announce new common-sense standards to better protect the air we breathe from mercury and other harmful air pollution. And that was a big deal.”

– President Obama, Tuesday, January 8th 2011 [8]

This is an important step forward for clean air. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Rule will prevent as many as 11,000 premature deaths and 4,700 heart attacks a year. It will also prevent 130,000 asthma attacks, providing relief to the one in ten American children suffering from asthma. [9] The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Rule will also protect families all across the country from toxics like mercury and arsenic. [10] Mercury can harm children’s developing brains, affecting memory, attention and IQ. The other toxic metals that are addressed in this new standard, such as arsenic, chromium and nickel, can cause cancer. [11], [12]

Unfortunately, Sen. Inhofe and corporate lobbyists are working hard to take down this important rule. [13] Did you know that Sen. Inhofe received more than $44,000 from Koch Industries, a huge petroleum and chemicals companies, which is his SINGLE LARGEST DONOR? [14]

But, together we can be stronger than corporate lobbyists like Koch Industries. Tell your Senators to stand up for kids by protecting the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Rule.

http://action.momsrising.org/go/1910?t=7&akid=3344.1590094.xpefKY

Make sure you share the link above via Facebook, Twitter, or simply forward this email to a few friends. The vote is going to be close, so we need everyone to contact their Senators and ask them to stand up for public health and clean air.

Together we are a powerful voice for children and families!

— Sarah, Gloria, Kristin, Claire and the entire MomsRising.org team

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