New Standards Critical

RECEIVED Mon., July 15, 2013

Dear Editor,
    Coal plants are the number one source of toxic water pollution in the country, and exposure to these dangerous chemicals these companies dump into our water leads to birth defects, cancer, and even death. The existing standards governing water pollution from power plants have not been updated in the last 30 years; this leaves four out of five coal plants in the country unregulated in their amount of toxic dumping. These plants are polluting our drinking water, local rivers, and our recreational water systems.
    However, this past spring the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new coal plant pollution standards. These guidelines will, for the first time, set national standards that limits the amount of toxic metals dumped into our water systems. While these new standards will protect our water and improve our water’s health, these coal companies are fighting back against these new regulations.
    It is imperative that we all act together against these coal companies and have them start being accountable for their actions. Anyone who cares about having clean water systems should submit a letter to President Obama and the EPA in support of the new standards for water pollution from coal plants.
Courtney Dunphy
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