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mercury pollution is a pro-life issue

Postby Wilberforce » Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:48 pm

Christian environmental group says the EPA's new rules on mercury pollution is a pro-life issue
Published: Saturday, December 03, 2011, 8:00 AM Updated: Saturday, December 03, 2011, 1:31 PM
Jim Harger | The Grand Rapids Press By Jim Harger | The Grand Rapids Press

The federal government's strict new rules on mercury emissions are a pro-life issue that Christians should embrace to protect unborn children, according to a group of Christian environmentalists.

The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) is airing 60-second radio commercial that urge U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow to embrace new EPA rules aimed at reducing mercury emissions from power plants.

The ads, airing on 17 Michigan radio stations "with a heavy concentration of them in West Michigan," is part of a $150,000 advertising campaign aimed at congress persons in seven key states who are sensitive to pro-life issues, said EEN spokesman Alexei Laushkin.

In the radio ads, Rev. Tracey Bianchi, an evangelical pastor and mother from suburban Chicago, argues mercury poisoning is a pro-life issue because it can cause permanent brain damage and developmental disabilities in the unborn.

The campaign also includes billboards in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Ohio and emails to nearly 10 million evangelicals and Catholics, Laushkin said.

"One in every six babies in the U.S. are born with harmful mercury levels in their blood," said the Rev. Mitch Hescox, EEN president.

"Pro-life members of Congress should be doing everything they can to protect the unborn from this threat," Hescox said in a statement. "For the life of me, I can't understand why some are trying to block the EPA from regulating mercury levels when they know the unborn will pay the price."

Facing criticism from industry and lawmakers, the Obama administration on Friday proposed easing rules aimed at reducing toxic air pollution from industrial boilers and incinerators.

But administration officials maintained that the health benefits of the regulation wouldn't be compromised.

"We have found a way to get better protections, lower emissions and lower costs as well," said the Environmental Protection Agency's top air pollution official, Gina McCarthy. In a conference call with reporters, McCarthy said the agency had found the "sweet spot" since issuing the final rules under a court-ordered deadline in March.

That "spot is affordable, practical regulations that provide the vital and long overdue health benefits that Americans demand and deserve," she said.

The changes would require pollution controls at the 5,500 largest and most polluting boilers nationwide, such as those at refineries and chemical plants. An additional 195,000 smaller boilers would be able to meet the rule through routine tune-ups.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this report

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