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Rainforest Action Network Statement on EPA Clean Air Mercury Rule

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Rainforest Action Network Statement on EPA Clean Air Mercury Rule

SAN FRANCISCO—The federal Environmental Protection Agency announced a much anticipated mercury air pollution rule update today, the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) which could result in significant changes to the operation of outdated coal-fired power plants across the U.S..

The following is a statement from Amanda Starbuck, of Rainforest Action Network (RAN). RAN is advocating for the U.S. banking sector to shift financing away from coal energy generation and towards renewable energy solutions.

“The EPA has acted to protect public health from toxic emissions that cause cancer, birth defects and acute respiratory disorders. This action was well overdue.

“We have a clear understanding of the negative impacts of burning coal on our health, on our economy, and on our climate. In 2011, it is well past time to phase out of coal entirely and transition to cleaner and renewable energy sources.”

“It is critical that the utility sector acts immediately to curb these emissions, our public health and our climate cannot afford even one year of delay.”

“Rather than invest millions of dollars to keep these ailing coal plants open, the best way forward for the utility sector is to retire the coal fleet and invest in a truly clean, renewable energy infrastructure, fitting of the 21st century.”

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Rainforest Action Network runs hard-hitting campaigns to break North America’s fossil fuels addiction, protect endangered forests and Indigenous rights, and stop destructive investments around the world through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. For more information, please visit: www.ran.org

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