Help us defend EPA’s landmark mercury rule

Once fully in place, it will save thousands of lives

Few federal standards have the power to save lives like the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, which was completed by the Obama administration in December 2011.

The new rule would remove substantial amounts of toxic mercury from coal-burning power plants out of our air, water and food — along with limiting arsenic, chromium, nickel and toxic acids.

Limiting these toxics saves lives. Yet, these critical rules are being challenged in the D.C. Circuit Appeals court by top polluters. Judges have heard the oral arguments in the case, and we're waiting for the court's decision. 

But EDF and its allies are fighting to keep the law protected, and we need your help.

Why the EPA's new rule is worth fighting for

When implemented, MATS will:

  1. Improve children's health

    More than 400,000 infants are born annually with elevated mercury levels in their blood, which can damage developing brains. The new MATS standards will eliminate 90% of mercury emitted from coal-fired power plants.

  2. Lead to fewer premature deaths

    The emission reductions in this rule will result in up to 11,000 fewer premature deaths each year.

  3. Cut rates of chronic disease

    The new rule will prevent thousands of heart attacks, bronchitis cases and asthma attacks.

  4. Save money

    A projected 540,000 fewer missed work or "sick days" and less frequent trips to emergency rooms will save as much as $90 billion a year.

The fight continues

These substantial benefits are why EDF, along with a coalition of states, cities, public health experts, environmental and civil rights organizations and a number of energy companies went to court to support the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. 

We need your continued support to fight back and save our clean air.

EDF has been fighting for these crucial health protections for years.

Vickie Patton Vickie Patton EDF General Counsel