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Fw: Arsenic-in-Water Update - Comments Due May 7! SEND EMAIL~a723u46790t0~

  • Subject: [cg] Fw: Arsenic-in-Water Update - Comments Due May 7! SEND EMAIL~a723u46790t0~
  • From: "Cyndy Ross" <cynross@tir.com>
  • Date: Thu, 3 May 2001 08:23:52 -0400

----- Original Message -----
From: "Save Our Environment" <actioncenter@saveourenvironment.org>
To: <cynross@tir.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2001 4:38 PM
Subject: Arsenic-in-Water Update - Comments Due May 7! SEND

> By using the Save Our Environment Action Center
> [http://www.saveourenvironment.org], you are working
> together with the nation's most influential environmental
> advocacy groups in the crucial battles to protect our air
> and water, forests and oceans, climate, wilderness, and
> wildlife.
> May 2, 2001
> ************************************************************
> The Bush administration has given the public an appallingly
> short time period -- 14 days! -- to officially be heard on
> its plan to yank the new rule that reduced the acceptable
> level of arsenic in our drinking water and re-open the issue
> to further study. Speak out now!
> To email an official comment, just reply to this message (do
> it today!).
> ************************************************************
> On March 20th Environmental Protection Agency administrator
> Christie Whitman announced that the Bush administration
> would suspend the revised arsenic standard for drinking
> water issued by the outgoing Clinton administration in
> January. More than a month passed, however, until the EPA
> announced an official comment period concerning it's
> decision. To make matters worse, the agency is giving the
> public an almost unheard-of absurdly short timeframe (14
> days!) to speak out on this critical issue.
> The current U.S. arsenic-in-drinking-water standard of 50
> parts per billion (ppb) was set in 1942, before health
> officials knew that arsenic causes cancer. The revised rule
> would have lowered the acceptable arsenic level to 10 ppb,
> the same international standard adopted several years ago by
> the World Health Organization and the European Union.
> The National Academy of Sciences has determined that arsenic
> in water causes bladder, lung and skin cancer, and may cause
> kidney and liver cancer, birth defects and reproductive
> problems. Arsenic also harms the central nervous system and
> heart.
> Please send the EPA a message today. We've made it easy for
> you -- just reply to this email and we'll automatically
> email the message below to the EPA's official comment
> address. Or, if you prefer to send your own message, the
> address to use is ow-docket@epamail.epa.gov [please use
> "Arsenic Docket #W-99-16-IV" as your subject line].
> Once again, thanks for being part of the Save Our
> Environment activist network and for taking action to help
> preserve and protect the Earth's natural treasures and
> quality of life. Remember, you can increase the impact of
> your support by encouraging your family and friends to visit
> the Save Our Environment Action Center as well. We've made
> it easy for you with our "Tell a Friend" feature which
> allows you to send an electronic postcard right from the
> site.
> Save Our Environment Action Center --
> http://www.saveourenvironment.org/
> ************************************************************
> Email message -- just reply to this email and we'll send
> this message to the official EPA comment address.
> Subject: Arsenic Docket #W-99-16-IV
> Water Docket (MC-410)
> U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
> 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
> Washington, DC  20460
> Dear Administrator Whitman and EPA staff,
> I strongly oppose your decision to suspend the new 10 parts
> per billion arsenic-in-drinking-water standard and re-open
> this issue to further study. The new standard was a result
> of more than a decade of scientific reviews, public
> hearings, and discussions with health experts and industry.
> In addition, the 10 ppb level is the international standard
> adopted several years ago by the World Health Organization
> and the European Union.
> Delaying implementation of the standard only serves to
> increase profits for polluters, such as the mining industry
> and other corporate interests, at the expense of the
> public's health. I urge you to reverse your decision and
> immediately implement the 10 ppb standard. If you do decide
> to re-open this issue for further study, however, you should
> adopt an even stronger standard (3 ppb), not a weaker one.
> Sincerely,
> [your name and address]
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