From: Felice Stadler FStadler@nrdc.org Tue Jul 15 06:01:52 1997 ----------------------------Original message---------------------------- CLEAN AIR ACTIVISTS--YOUR COMMENTS ARE NEEDED!! We recently posted a press release announcing EPA's report to Congress on the effects of air pollution on our nation's Great Waters--the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, Lake Champlain, Tampa Bay, Long Island Sound, Massachusetts Bay, Puget Sound, and others. In its "draft determination" EPA announced that rather than taking aggressive steps to reduce air toxics, they will take a "wait and see" approach despite what their report concludes, namely that airborne toxics are polluting estuaries, lakes, and rivers. Toxics of specific concern are mercury, dioxin, and lead. EPA needs to hear from you that this is unacceptable. Write to EPA by August 9th. We have written materials you can refer to as you develop your letter--let me know if you would like me to fax them to you. EPA knows enough about the dangers these toxic pollutants pose on human health--immediate action is needed. Please repost this message to your local activist email lists. Clean Air Network 202-289-2403 ====================== forwarded from National Wildlife Federation If toxic chemicals and nutrients are in the air, then they are falling into our drinking water, rivers and lakes. Pollutants are released into the air from incinerators, coal-fired power plants, and the tailpipes of autos and trucks. Pesticides and other poisons evaporate from agricultural fields and contaminated sediments. Once in the air, these pollutants can be carried long distances by continental wind. Eventually, these chemicals fall directly, or indirectly by runoff, into our waterways. Once in the water, many of these pollutants move up the food chain where they concentrate in fish and humans at dangerously unsafe levels. The most deadly chemicals, such as dioxin, PCBs, mercury, and DDT, are linked to infertility problems, weakened immune systems, and behavioral disorders in humans and wildlife. Some of these chemicals can also cause cancer if they reach high levels in the body. Please write EPA Administrator Carol Browner urging her to extend tougher health protections to the nation*s waters from toxic air pollution. Tell the EPA that you believe current air pollution controls are inadequate. Specifically, call on the EPA to recognize that it needs greater or new authority under the Clean Air Act to: * reduce mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants; * cut back on dioxin emissions from incinerators; * protect the public from pesticides that evaporate into the atmosphere once sprayed onto agricultural fields; and, * sharply curtail air pollution from lead smelting, chemical manufacturing, petroleum refining, and other major air toxics sources. Please send your letter to: Carol M. Browner, Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 401 M Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20460 Congress told the EPA to prevent public and environmental health effects from air toxic pollution to the Great Waters. All we ask is for the agency to get tough on toxic pollution. Please write Administrator Browner today! P.S. The EPA*s report confirms what common sense has always told us: that we cannot protect our families and communities unless we prevent pollution from the air, water and land. The Great Waters Program provides a crucial step towards controlling air toxics from polluting our waters. Please write before August 9th.