Groups Challenge EPA's Do-Nothing Rule on Cement Kilns' Mercury Pollution
Friends of Hudson and other activists back in court to challenge EPA’s latest refusal to control toxic mercury emissions
Washington, D.C. – Environmentalists challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest refusal to limit cement kilns’ mercury emissions late last week in a federal lawsuit against the EPA. Earthjustice is representing Sierra Club, Downwinders At Risk (Texas), the Huron Environmental Activist League (Michigan), Friends of Hudson (New York), Desert Citizens Against Pollution (California) and Montanans Against Toxic Burning in the lawsuit. New York state is also expected to challenge this rule in a separate lawsuit today.
Mercury is known to be a powerful neurotoxin that can cause developmental problems in newborns and young children. Yet the EPA has defied the Clean Air Act, ignored repeated court orders, dismissed a huge public outcry and refuses to set standards to control mercury pollution from cement plants.
The cement industry is one of the largest sources of mercury pollution in the country. Since the EPA refuses to protect children's health, citizens must act to force them to.
Friends of Hudson is proud to join other activists in challenging the EPA's refusal to set standards limiting these toxic emissions.
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