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Tell the EPA to protect KY from toxic mercury

Dear Mary,

Did you know that Kentucky was recently ranked as the 6th worst state for mercury pollution from dirty coal-fired power plants?

Mercury and other air toxics are linked to extreme health problems from birth defects to premature death.

There is good news -- we finally have a chance to end the cycle. The EPA is rolling out a strong mercury and air toxics standard that will protect up to 300,000 babies and stop 17,000 premature deaths every year.2 Your help is needed -- tell the EPA to protect Kentucky from toxic mercury pollution! The coal and oil industries are hard at work opposing these proposed safeguards. The EPA needs to hear from us during its public input process.

We have to make absolutely clear that Kentuckians want strong standards if we are to win meaningful protections for our communities. Take action, send the EPA a message today. We have been gaining momentum the last few months with the announcement of several dirty power plants being slated for retirement in the region including the announcement that LG&E plans to retire its Cane Run power plant, Kentucky Utilities (KU) will be retiring it’s Green River plant in Central City in western Kentucky, and the Tyrone station in Versailles.

Along with these announcements, the Tennessee Valley Authority has announced the shutdown of 18 units, one of which is at the Shawnee Steam plant in McCracken County Kentucky. The fight isn't finished yet. We need to keep the momentum going and continue to move Kentucky beyond dirty energy.

Send your message to the EPA today in support of lifesaving protections that can keep mercury pollution out of our communities across Kentucky! http://action.sierraclub.org/site/R?i=jshryvuRdnL2gwc8IS55FA..

Thank you for all you do to protect Kentucky's environment.


Thomas Pearce

Beyond Coal Campaign

Sierra Club

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