New EPA regulations finally limit “toxic water pollution
from power plants,” helping to protect our
nation’s dwindling water resources!
On September 30th, the EPA set new rules which would limit water pollution from power plants. According to the Waterkeeper Alliance: “Coal-fired power plants and their massive coal ash disposal ponds are the #1 source of toxic water pollution in the country, but until now, there have been no uniform limits on the amount of dangerous heavy metals that these facilities are allowed to discharge into waterways.
Commenting on the new regulations, the EPA estimates that: “On an annual basis, the rule is projected to reduce the amount of toxic metals, nutrients, and other pollutants that steam electric power plants are allowed to discharge by 1.4 billion pounds and reduce water withdrawal by 57 billion gallons.” The EPA projects $451 to $566 million in health and environmental benefits associated with the new rule – and the Waterkeeper Alliance estimates implementing the restrictions will cost most power plants “less than one percent of their annual revenue.”
NPG applauds the new ruling, which is long overdue. America’s water supplies must be protected and preserved – and U.S. population growth is seriously contributing to our water woes.
Our recent NPG Forum paper, Dying of Thirst: Population Growth, Climate Change Aggravate Water Shortages by Leon Kolankiewicz, reviews the dwindling supply – and diminishing quality – of our nation’s water. Kolankiewicz’s essay rejects the prevalent conviction that present conservation methods will preserve our water supplies for the long-term. The new Forum paper echoes NPG’s concerns that our growing human numbers are creating a domino effect on Earth’s natural resources – which are ultimately limited.
NPG members should receive their copy of this new Forum paper in the mail soon!
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NPG continues to publish and distribute our fact-filled Forum papers and powerful national Press Releases to our full membership, the U.S. Congress, key contacts within the national media, and other interested organizations. We will continue our work to raise public awareness – we must ACT NOW to slow, halt, and eventually reverse U.S. population growth!
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World population, now over 7.3 billion, is predicted to rise to 9 billion by 2050, an increase of almost two billion, or 23%, in the short space of only 34 years from now.In the highly unlikely event that per capita greenhouse gas emissions could possibly be decreased by an equal percentage in such a short space of time (a blink of an eye) the total amount of worldwide emission would remain the same!
From this simple illustration it would appear that without drastically reducing the size of world population, there is no solution to the problem.None at all.So then why do our world leaders pretend that there is one?What is to be gained by pretending rather than by proposing a solution that would solve the problem – a reduction in the size of world population to not more than 1- 2 billion?
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