Support Tier 3 Standards
On March 29th, 2013 EPA released proposal regulations titled “Control of Air Pollution from Motor Vehicles: Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards" (Tier 3) to address the impact of motor vehicles on air quality and health of Americans.
In an attempt to reduce smog-forming pollution from gasoline powered cars and trucks, known as Tier 3, EPA has proposed vehicle standards to reduce tailpipe and evaporative emissions from passenger cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty passenger vehicles and some heavy-duty vehicles.
These new standards will significantly cut air pollution from vehicles on our roads, help protect public health and encourage innovation. The result would be like taking 33 million cars off the road, and these benefits can be achieved for a penny or less per gallon of gasoline.
African Americans are disproportionately impacted by air pollution: 71% of African Americans live in counties in violation of air pollution standards and African Americans are twice as likely to die from asthma and more likely to die from lung disease in spite of lower smoking rates.
This is unacceptable -- take action now and send a message to the Environmental Protection Agency stating your support for the Tier 3 Standards.
Below is a sample message to send to the EPA.
Dear Environmental Protection Agency,
I strongly support the Tier 3 Standards that have been recently released. It is important that the EPA move forward in its decision to limit air pollution from motor vehicles for the protection of public health. These standards will set the tone that we MUST protect the people and the environment. As you know already, 71% of African Americans live in counties in violation of air pollution standards and African Americans are twice as likely to die from asthma and more likely to die from lung disease in spite of lower smoking rates. Through the proposed Tier 3 standards it can set the pathway to reduce environmental injustices and protect the most vulnerable in communities across the U.S.
I again state I strongly urge and support continued work on standards for existing plants and finalizing the carbon pollution standards for new plants. Big polluters must be held accountable. By using these standards would mean protection all people.