On Thursday, May 24, 2012, concerned doctors, nurses, moms, and everyday citizens descended on Washington, DC and Chicago to testify at public hearings on the EPA's proposed carbon standards for new power plants. Medical professionals and public health officials agree that carbon pollution, left unchecked, will contribute to climate change and an increase in dangerous smog, which will trigger more episodes of respiratory distress in children and seniors. For the approximately 15% of Pennsylvania children that have suffered from asthma, this new standard, which will reduce pollution by 123 billion pounds annually, will also help reduce missed school days, missed work days, severe asthma attacks, and hospital visits. The EPA’s proposed carbon pollution standard limiting industrial carbon pollution from new power plants is critical to protect the health of our children and families.
Without traveling to DC or Chicago, you too can speak out in support of this critical public health safeguard. Join us at a Citizen's hearing on the rule here in Southeastern Pennsylvania. To date over 1 Million comments have been submitted in support of this rule! This event will be an opportunity for Pennsylvania residents to learn more about the new carbon standards, hear expert testimony, and have a chance to submit your own official comments to the EPA at the event.
Philadelphia Citizens' Hearing on EPA's Carbon Standard:
June 19, 2012
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Philadelphia City Council Chambers
Philadelphia City Hall (Market & Broad Sts.) 19107
Host: City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown