The Trump administration is trying to slash the lifesaving protections that keep neuro-poisons like mercury and arsenic out of our air, water, and food chain.
Under the leadership of former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, the Environmental Protection Agency is making a mockery of its mission to protect public health by moving forward with efforts to gut the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). These critical protections are already in place and prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths and 130,000 asthma attacks — annually.
What the Trump administration is doing is reckless and unacceptable. We need you to speak up — alongside business groups, faith and environmental justice leaders, moms, and medical organizations — and call on the administration to halt its plans and keep MATS in place.
Coal-fired power plants are the worst of the worst industrial polluters. Until the MATS rule came on line, coal plants accounted for half of the total man-made emissions of mercury in America and more than half of all arsenic, hydrochloric acid, hydrogen fluoride, and selenium emissions.
Wheeler is trying to undermine MATS and facilitate a lawsuit to eliminate it by his former lobbying clients, the main critic of MATS.
With his attack on MATS, Wheeler has already shown his priorities: He’s willing to put more mercury in your body so that a few renegade coal companies can profit.
Everyone, no matter their ZIP code, has the right to clean air and healthy environments. Tell the Trump administration we don’t want to go back and it must drop its plans to undo mercury protections.