EPA Issues Final Standard that will Protect Michigan State Students from Toxic Air Pollution

Sierra Student Coalition
MSU Beyond Coal Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Contact: msubeyondcoal@gmail.com

EPA Issues Final Standard that will Protect Michigan State Students from Toxic Air Pollution
Students Exposed to Pollution from Boilers at TB Simon Power Plant

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a modest air quality standard to protect Americans from life-threatening air pollution from industrial boilers, which emit toxic pollutants such as mercury, acid gases and arsenic. College students around the country, including students at Michigan State University, are affected by toxic air pollution from on-campus boilers.  This particular EPA safeguard is often called the “Boiler MACT (Maximum Available Control Technology).”

In response, MSU Sierra Student Coalition Representative, Michaela Howard issued the following statement:

“This long overdue and relatively modest air quality update by Administrator Lisa Jackson and the EPA will save lives, prevent disease and help college students avoid costly hospitalizations and missed schooldays.

The air toxics safeguard announced today will protect Americans from breathing some of the most dangerous and toxic pollutants known to us – arsenic, acid gases, lead and mercury. Even in small amounts, these life-threatening air pollutants are linked to cancer, birth defects, brain damage, respiratory disease and even early death.

Without this critical update, millions of tons of air toxics will continue to be released into our air each year.

Corporate polluters are making us sick.  To protect our health and our future, the EPA should forge ahead on this safeguard and stand their ground against polluters who continue to fight pollution protections for the sake of their profits.

We hope that this new rule will help push Michigan State University further in the right direction, cleaning up the air we breathe and encouraging the rest of the country to move towards a clean energy future.”

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For more information, visit www.sierraclub.org/stoppolluters.

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