Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Part IV: Ecology

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Mercury emissions raise ecocentric concerns.  Environmentally conscious mothers are concerned with anthropocentric, or human-centered issues associated with mercury emissions, like public health and child wellness.  Advocates with an ecocentric focus look at the ecosystem interactions between wildlife and pollution; the ecology of the problem.  For instance, the Bald Eagle became a national symbol for another…

Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Part III: Air Pollution Victims

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Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) called air pollution victims “unidentified and imaginary” (Browning).  In reality, air pollution victims are quite real.  The new limits are anticipated to prevent 130,000 cases of asthma and 6,300 cases of acute bronchitis among children each year.  Once fully implemented in 2016, MATS will also prevent 11,000 premature deaths and 4,700…

Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Series Part II: Politics, Economics

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Political, economic and social factors that are interconnected to environmental regulation often lead to controversy.  In the current political climate, some candidates running for the 2012 election see the EPA as a “job killer” and are running on a platform that includes dismantling the federal agency.  In the same vein, MATS regulation and the economy…

Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Series Part I: Overview

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Environmental policies are systemically intertwined with science, politics, economics and history.  Effective environmental policies improve public health, environmental justice concerns and take flora and fauna into consideration.  Beyond law and regulation, there is a feedback loop between environmental policy and environmental advocacy.  Advocates may push for new legislation or new legislation may empower advocates.  In…

Guest Blog: Electronic Waste, Where it Ends Up and What You Can Do About It

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Guest Blog by: Craig Dsouza Craig Dsouza just graduted from the University of Delaware with a Masters degree in Environmental Policy.  Read his blog ‘People and the Planet: The Spotlight on India’ here. On 20-something environmentalist, Craig writes about a common environmental issue in his native country: e-waste in India. A worn out old personal computer,…