WATCH: Reverend Theresa Dear Testifies on Air Toxics Rule
Posted on June 13, 2011 by Eric Wingerter, Director of Web Campaigns and New Media
On Tuesday, May 24th, the NAACP and the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization held a series of testimonies for the EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Rule for Power Plants Hearings. Watch the powerful testimony of NAACP Dupage County Illinois Branch President & National Board Director Reverend Theresa Dear, below.
Sixty-eight percent of African Americans live within the toxic zone of a coal fired power plant, and emissions from coal fired power plants have been linked to asthma, lung disease, and poor both outcomes, all of which disproportionately impact African Americans. Proximity to commercial facilities like coal fired power plants has been linked to diminishing property values by up to 15%, which further compromises what is already a depressed financial state for many of us.
You can help: the EPA is accepting comments on air toxics standards until July 5th, 2011. Use our online form to submit your comments today.