James J. David, Marietta
EPA standards to reduce mercury important step
Regarding “EPA issues mercury-reduction standards for power plants” (ajc.com, Dec. 21), earlier this year, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light (GIPL) staff and supporters rallied with citizens across the country in support of the EPA’s new mercury standards. We are thankful for the new mercury reduction standards and look forward to the significant savings they will bring in public health costs. These standards will also create new jobs, and protect creation for generations to come.
GIPL represents a variety of faiths — many of which recognize the sacred nature of water and incorporate it into their rituals and traditions. Christians in the last few decades have faced the dilemma of baptizing infants in water laced with mercury from our coal-burning power plants. How do we symbolize cleansing and a fresh start with water that we know can contain deadly amounts of mercury?
Thank you to the people of faith across the country who support this rule, and to the administration and the EPA for protecting our air and water. We are honored to be a part of this historic movement.
Alexis Chase, executive director, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light