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December 1, 2014
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Bailey Rehnberg, (410) 467-0439
Environment Maryland delivers 8millionth comment to clean up power plants
Washington, DC–As the public comment period on the Clean Power Plan closes today, Environment Maryland joined colleagues from around the country to deliver a symbolic “8 millionth” comment supporting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.
“Across the state, we’ve seen tremendous support for cleaning up power plants and acting on climate,” said Bailey Rehnberg, Campaign Organizer at Environment Maryland. “This symbolic 8 millionth comment shows definitively that Marylanders want clean air and a healthier future for our kids.”
This fall, Environment Maryland has collected over 900 public comments from among the majority of Marylanders and other Americans who support reducing carbon pollution from power plants. Supporters of the first-ever carbon limits on power plants include a range of constituencies, from small businesses and local elected officials to faith and public health organizations.
The joint public comment, supported by Environment Maryland, is as follows:
“Since the EPA first began collecting them in 2012, clean air supporters have collected and submitted more than 8 million public comments nationally from Americans who support EPA standards to limit dangerous carbon pollution from power plants.While federal limits exist for toxic air pollutants like mercury, arsenic, and soot, there are currently no limits on the carbon pollution power plants dump into our air.
This symbolic 8 millionth comment reflects the broad support that exists in Maryland for solutions that reduce the unlimited carbon pollution from power plants. This pollution fuels climate change and puts our health, our economy, and our communities at risk. Recent state polling also shows that Maryland voters want climate action by almost a 2 to 1 margin. This demonstration of support for U.S. leadership on climate change is unprecedented and exceeds, by far, the anti-science, anti-action efforts of the polluters and their allies.
Marylanders do not have to choose between a healthy economy and a healthy environment. We can have both. Over the last four decades, clean air standards have reduced air pollution by 70% while GDP has tripled. The Clean Power Plan will significantly cut carbon pollution from power plants, while preventing 150,000 asthma attacks and saving $95 billion per year by 2030.
We applaud the EPA and the Administration for its unprecedented public outreach and efforts to craft a carbon pollution standard that every Marylander can support.
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Environment STATE is statewide, citizen-funded environmentaladvocacy organization working for a cleaner, greener, healthier future.