One person can share their story and let the information ripple out through word of mouth, keeping your thoughts and opinions locked away for fear of failure will do nothing. If you try, you are making a positive change. There are several online petitions and standardized letters you can sign and send to congress, or even the President to have your voice heard.
A Petition to stop American Electric Power CEO, Nick Akins from suing the EPA for pollution standards.
Thousands of people care enough to write their government officials for help, or even donate money towards the cause. But it simply isn't enough. Getting the word out and getting more people involved is the answer.
We need to rally together to not only give power plants restrictions on mercury pollution, but to make finding a solution to the current levels of mercury a priority. We need to invest in new ways to filter mercury out of the power plants before it reaches the environment, and ways to get the current mercury out of the environment it has already tainted.
Just having a general rule of how much mercury companies are allowed to dump is unacceptable; Releasing a toxin this deadly into the environment at all should not be tolerated, while we have made steps towards helping the environments mercury levels (Such as the mercury standard set by President Obama) we as a community of people sharing this planet need to be more proactive in finding ways to protect and save it.
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Many informational sites you can find will have facts and figures that are over a year old. (See this USA Today post on the highest concentration states for mercury from 2011) This shows how few people are getting involved with this important effort; Fewer and fewer studies are being done showing our toxicity levels by region, living near power plants, coal plants, and chemical plants is a hazard and the managers of these plants need to be held responsible for what they are putting back into the environment.