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Media: Press Release

Mothers Opposing Mercury (MOM) Rally And Citizens’ Mercury Hearing

March 12, 2004

Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
Contact: Karen Hadden 512-797-8481
Molly Rooke 214-762-3163
Tom "Smitty" Smith 512-797-8468

WHAT:

  Mothers, families and people of all ages are pulling together a rally outside of the EPA offices to highlight the need for EPA to act to protect children from toxic mercury. A Citizens’ Mercury Hearing will follow, at 1 pm at the public library for citizens’ concerns to be heard. The proceedings and testimony will be videotaped to submit as official comment to EPA. A flyer with full information is at www.seedcoalition.org.
 
WHO:   Speakers:
Frank Johnson- Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s Office
KarenHadden
– Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) Coalition, Executive Director
Dr. Kim Carter –Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Physicians for Social Responsibility - Austin
John Hope – tournament fisherman
Leti Guerra - Pregnant Mom from San Antonio,
Susybelle Goslee – League of Women Voters of Dallas
Molly Rooke – Public Citizen Organizer- Dallas area
Stephanie Gros – TexPIRG Field Organizer
Nakisha Nathan – Texas Campaign for the Environment
Citizens representing impacted communities
 
WHEN:   Saturday, March 13 – 11:00 AM for the Rally and
1:00 PM for the Citizens’ Mercury Hearing
 
WHERE:   Rally - Parking lot on Ross and Field across from EPA Region 6 Offices, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas,Tx

Citizens’ Mercury Hearing – J. Erik Jonsson Public Library
1515 Young Foundation, Dallas, Tx.

 
WHY:   Texas leads the nation in power plant mercury pollution, with nearly 9,000 pounds a year, 10% of the nation’s total. This toxic contaminates fish and poses health risks, especially for children and developing babies. New rules being considered by EPA would not help reduce toxic mercury in Texas, and would call mercury nontoxic in order to allow "trading" by utilities, never before permitted with a toxic due to health concerns. Comments are due on to the EPA on March 26th - and this is a way citizens can make their voices heard. Texas is already a mercury hotspot, and needs to be cleaned up, instead of becoming a national sacrifice zone. Similar citizen mercury hearings will be held in at least 9 other cities.

Who is affected:

  • Unborn children and toddlers- whose brains are developing
  • People who eat fish
  • Fishermen
  • Taxpayers- who pay higher taxes to educate children with developmental disabilities
  • Older adult with heart ailments

 
GREAT VISUALS!!   Large, Inflatable fish, Pregnant Moms in No Mercury For Me T-shirts,and more…
 
INTERVIEWEES AVAILABLE NOW- for pre-event interviews:
  Tom "Smitty" Smith – 512-797-8468 Public Citizen, Texas Director
  Will be in Dallas on Friday, March 12th.
Stephanie Gros – 512-294-9646 TexPIRG
Karen Hadden 512-797-8481 SEED Coalition
Molly Rooke - 214-762-3163 Public Citizen, Dallas area organizer
John Hope – 713-202-7922 Tournament Fisherman
 
Other regions:
Tammy Campbell- 903-236-4686 Longview resident, WE CAN
John Wilson – 713-528-3779 Houston, GHASP
Loyd Cortez – Alamo Chapter of Sierra Club, San Antonio
Marianne Kestenbaum – 210-364-6838 Smart Growth San Antonio
 
Experts Felice Stadler - National Wildlife Federation– (202) 797-6800
Martha Keating, Air Toxics Scientists, Clean Air Task Force– (919) 563-3223
Dr. David Marrack in Houston– (713) 667-1397
 
Radio and print ads are now running, and free fax letters to EPA are online at www.seedcoalition.org.
 
Event sponsors now include: SEED Coalition, Public Citizen, TexPIRG, League of Women Voters of Texas, League of Women Voters of Dallas, Physicians for Social Responsiblility- Austin, Sierra Club, Texas Campaign for the Environment, Clean Water Action, Downwinders at Risk, Mothers for Clean Air, Texas Impact, People Organized in Defense of Earth and Her Resources – PODER, Esperanza Environmental Justice Center, and Working Effectively for Clean Air Now -WE CAN.
 

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