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Today, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office publicly released a letter signed by nearly 100 mayors from across the U.S. supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mercury safeguards.

From Mayor Bloomberg's release:

Cutting mercury pollution will save countless lives and help millions of Americans avoid the terrible health consequences it produces. That is why today I am proud to join nearly 100 of my fellow mayors from around the country in offering our support for EPA’s new mercury standards. Twenty-two years is too long to wait for this common sense measure.

A diverse range of mayors signed onto the letter, representing big cities, small towns, and everything in between. Lots of states are represented, including coal mining states like Kentucky. I’m proud to say that the mayor of my town, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, signed the letter – maybe your mayor did, too.

If your mayor signed the letter, I hope you'll thank them through Facebook, Twitter, or letter to the editor of your local paper – you can find the full list of mayors on page two of the letter here (PDF).

Believe it or not, while coal plants are our nation's #1 source of mercury pollution, until this year there were no national mercury standards in place for coal plants. None at all! Coal plants could just spew 100% of their toxic mercury into the air, which then made its way into our waterways and the fish that we eat. Expectant moms would then pass that mercury onto their babies in the womb, every year putting over 300,000 newborn babies at risk of life-long developmental problems, like lowered IQ and delays in walking and talking.

Congress required these safeguards back in 1990, but the coal industry successfully blocked them for over two decades. That loophole was finally closed earlier this year, when the EPA put standards in place that will require all coal-fired power plants to reduce their toxic mercury pollution by 90%.

As a mom, I’m thankful to these bold public officials for speaking out for public health, and I stand with them as they tell the EPA, "Clean, healthy air and water are fundamental American rights and we are eager to work with your agency to ensure these historic protections are quickly implemented."

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    eeff, phonegery, smiley7

    Let's Move Beyond Coal -

    by Mary Anne Hitt on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 11:28:18 AM PDT

  •  List is mayor's (0+ / 0-)

      Is quite the snap-shot of how out of touch many legislator's in DC are with local communities.
        As I live in TX - 3 of 4 major city mayor's signed!

        My congresscritter will complain:  blah blah blah, job killing EPA, blah blah blah.  

  •  Thanks for posting (0+ / 0-)

    I looked at thar list. I didn't see North Carolina on it.
    Maybe the mayors were scared to sign!

  •  here's a list of the names from the letter (0+ / 0-)
    Albany, NY - Gerald Jennings Maui County, HI - Alan M. Arakawa
    Alexandria, VA - Bill Euille Mayfield Village, OH - Bruce G. Rinker
    Ann Arbor, MI - John Hieftje Memphis, TN - A C Wharton, Jr.
    Atlanta, GA - Kasim Reed Minneapolis, MN - R.T. Rybak
    Austin, MN - Thomas Stiehm  Missoula, MT - John Engen
    Austin, TX - Lee Leffingwell Montgomery, AL - Todd Strange
    Berea, KY - Steven Connelly    New York, NY - Michael R. Bloomberg
    Bethlehem Township, NJ - John Graefe Oak Park Heights, MN - David Beaudet
    Beverly, MA - Bill Scanlon   Osakis, MN - Keith Emerson
    Biscayne Park, FL - Noah Jacobs Peekskill, NY - Mary F. Foster
    Bloomington, IN - Mark Kruzan Pembroke Pines, FL - Frank C. Ortis
    Boston, MA - Thomas Menino Philadelphia, PA - Michael Nutter
    Burlington, VT - Bob Kiss Phoenix, AZ - Greg Stanton
    Charlottesville, VA - Satyendra Huja Pinecrest, FL - Cindy Lerner
    Chicago, IL - Rahm Emanuel Pittsburgh, PA - Luke Ravenstahl
    Cincinnati, OH - Mark Mallory Pittsfield Charter Township, MI - Mandy
    Cohoes, NY - John T. McDonald, III Grewal
    College Park, MD - Andrew Fellows Pleasanton, CA - Jennifer Hosterman
    Columbus, OH - Michael B. Coleman Poquoson, VA - Eugene W. Hunt, Jr.
    Cutler Bay, FL - Ed MacDougall Portland, ME - Michael F. Brennan
    Dearborn Heights, MI - Daniel S. Paletko Portland, OR - Sam Adams
    Decatur, GA - Bill Floyd Providence, RI - Angel Taveras
    Denver, CO - Michael B. Hancock Redmond, WA - John Marchione
    Duluth, MN - Don Ness Sacramento, CA - Kevin Johnson
    Durham, NC - William V. "Bill" Bell Saint Paul, MN - Christopher B. Coleman
    Eden Prairie, MN - Nancy Tyra-Lukens San Antonio, TX - Julian Castro
    Eugene, OR - Kitty Piercy Santa Fe, NM - David Coss
    Falcon Heights, MN - Peter Lindstrom Santa Monica, CA - Richard Bloom
    Fayetteville, AR - Lioneld Jordan Sauk Rapids, MN - Dave Saunders
    Florence, SC - Stephen J. Wukela Savannah, GA - Edna Jackson
    Frankfort, KY - Gippy H.Graham Seattle, WA - Michael McGinn
    Glendale, CA - Laura Friedman Shepherdstown, WV - Arthur III Auxer
    Hallandale Beach, FL - Joy Cooper Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribe of the Lake
    Hampton, VA - Molly Ward Traverse Reservation, SD - Robert Shepherd
    Hartford, CT - Pedro C. Segarra South Miami, FL - Philip K Stoddard, PhD
    Henderson, NV - Andy Hafen, Takoma Park, MD - Bruce R. Williams
    Houston, TX - Annise Parker Urbana, IL - Laurel Prussing
    Jackson, MS - Harvey Johnson, Jr. Warren, MI - James Fouts
    Jordan, MN - Pete Ewals Washington, DC - Vincent C. Gray
    La Mesa, CA - Art Madrid Westland, MI - William R. Wild
    Lambertville, NJ- David DelVecchio, White Plains, NY - Thomas M.Roach
    Las Vegas, NV - Carolyn Goodman Wilmington, DE - James M. Baker
    Long Beach, NY - Jack Schnirman Wilmore, KY - Harold Rainwater
    Los Angeles, CA - Antonio Villaraigosa Yonkers, NY - Mike Spano
    Macon, GA - Robert Reichert Ypsilanti, MI - Paul Schreiber
    Madison, WI - Paul Soglin
    Manhattan Beach, CA - Richard P. Montgomery
    Maplewood, MN - Will Rossbach

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