Help Get Mercury and Arsenic Out of Our Air

Speak Up at EPA Hearings with Other Advocates

Common loon
Right now we have the chance to speak up for loons and other wildlife threatened by toxic mercury and arsenic pollution, because the Environmental Protection Agency is holding public hearings to hear from people like you on the EPA’s plan to limit the air toxics from power plants.

As a damaging neurotoxin, mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants falls with rain into our waters, including the northern lakes where loons breed. Mercury builds up in fish, then accumulates to dangerous levels in loons, other wildlife, and people who eat fish.

Speak up at one of the three hearings in May!

· May 24: Chicago, Ill.
  Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro
  733 West Madison Street
  Chicago, Ill. 60611 
  Preregistration deadline 5pm., May 19 

· May 24: Philadelphia, Pa.
  Westin Philadelphia
  99 South 17th Street at Liberty Place
  Philadelphia, Pa. 19103
  Preregistration deadline 5pm., May 19

· May 26: Atlanta, Ga.
  Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
  61 Forsyth Street SW
  Atlanta Ga. 30303-8960
Email by May 23rd to sign up to speak at one of the three hearings.

Busses are leaving from cities surrounding Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta. Email for more information on how to catch a ride to the hearing.

What to Say at the Hearings:

* The EPA needs to stand its ground and move forward with the strongest air toxics protections possible to defend public health and protect children from toxic mercury.

* Air toxics include some of the most hazardous air pollutants known to us. In addition to mercury and arsenic, power plants emit lead, other heavy metals, dioxin and acid gases that threaten public health, child development and wildlife. Even in small amounts these extremely harmful air pollutants are linked to health problems such as cancer, heart disease, neurological damage, birth defects, asthma attacks and even premature death.

*Mercury is a particularly harmful air toxic because it builds up in the environment and accumulates in fish, which other wildlife and people consume. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin, and mercury exposure affects wildlife’s ability to survive and children’s ability to walk, talk, read, write and learn

*Mercury warnings are now common in every state.  It’s long past time to clean up this polluter mess and make our waterways safe for our children and grandchildren.

Let Us Know You're Attending!

Once you sign up with the EPA by emailing, email to let us know you will be attending the hearing. We will help you connect with NWF staff at the hearing, and help your write comments to read at the hearing.

Thank you for speaking up!