OPINION: We get the gift of good health thanks to new EPA rule
On this holiday season, the Obama administration gave Michigan’s families the gift of good health. After decades of industry resistance and delay, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized on Dec. 21 a historic standard to protect the health of Michigan’s kids by limiting mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants.
EPA’s safeguard will protect Michigan’s children from neurological damage, birth defects, and asthma attacks, and will save 11,000 lives nationwide every year.
Over 900,000 Americans submitted comments to EPA on the new standard - the most comments ever received for an EPA rule. President Obama and his administration are right to recognize this public support -- and the very real threats posed by mercury to our kids’ health and our environment -- by finalizing this historic standard this holiday season.