Action Needed: Tell EPA No Delays in Cement Kiln Rules
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
No Delay In Cement Kiln Regulations
In fact, they’ve had breaks for decades. It was only recently that the EPA finally stood up for our health and decided that they needed to clean up their toxic and polluting act. But now the EPA wants to weaken those rules and delay their implementation.
What happens when rules for cement kilns are relaxed? People can get sick. Really sick.
According to the EPA when they announced the long overdue rules in 2010, they said the rules would prevent:
- 17,000 cases of aggravated asthma
- 1,500 heart attacks
- 650 cases of chronic bronchitis
- 1,000 emergency room visits for respiratory problems, such as asthma
- 740 hospital admissions for respiratory or cardiovascular problems
- 32,000 cases of upper and lower respiratory symptoms
- 130,000 days when people miss work
- 750,000 days when people must restrict their activities because of particle pollution-related symptoms
- Click here for more info on these much-needed regulations.
If we can prevent all of these bad things, why wouldn’t we?
For our community who has been fighting the proposed Titan Cement kiln for four years, these rules matter. And it should matter for all North Carolinians who want clean air and healthy kids.