(Nebraska - June 26, 2019) Today, EDF Action launched a digital ad campaign thanking Representative Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) for protecting public health by safeguarding the national Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). The standard protects the public from exposure to dangerous pollutants, including mercury, arsenic and lead. In doing so, it prevents up to 11,000 American deaths, 4,700 heart attacks, and 130,000 childhood asthma attacks every year. It is key to the health and safety of children.
“Thanks to Representative Fortenberryfor prioritizing our kids, ensuring they are able to breathe a little easier,” said Elizabeth Gore, EDF Action's Senior Vice President, Political Affairs. “The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards protect the health and well-being of our children and Nebraska families – helping to significantly reduce the number of asthma attacks our children experience and dramatically decreasing the number of premature deaths.”
This amendment was passed as part of the Interior-EPA funding bill (H.R. 3055). It will ensure that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot finalize a rule jeopardizing this critical public health protection.
This ad campaign is running in twelve districts thanking members on both sides of the aisle for this critical public health vote.