Here is what I said to the EPA and this is also the written comments I submitted to the EPA:
LEXENA EPA PUBLIC LISTENING SPEECH
"My name is Brian Ettling. I am a lifelong native resident of south St. Louis County, Missouri and a 1992 William Jewell College graduate, which is located in the Kansas City area.
Thank you for allowing me to express my support to you to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. We appreciate this event to listen to our input.
|Photo: Meramec Power Plant by Brian Ettling|
So what, Brian? Why should I care?
This SO2 plume from the Meramec coal power plant is a dangerous health threat to you and your family. In June 2012, an Environmental Integrity Project report concluded, “Sulfur dioxide pollution causes asthma attacks, severe respiratory problems, lung disease, and heart complications.”
Even worse, this report, authored by Boston University School of Public Health professor, Dr. Jonathan Levy, states that the Meramec power plant causes upwards of 1,000 asthma attacks and 57 to 110 premature deaths each year.
|My dad, LeRoy Ettling|
Even worse, I am worried for my nieces and nephews about the carbon pollution coming from the unregulated Meramec Coal Plant and all the other fossil fuel power plants in the United States.
Scientists have known for over 100 years that burning fossil fuels, especially from power plants, is warming our planet’s atmosphere and triggering a potentially dangerous climate change.
For the past 21 years, I worked as a park ranger in our national parks. I have personally witnessed faster sea level rise in Everglades National Park, Florida and a decreasing snow pack in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.
|Photo of Brian Ettling with his nieces & nephews|
To stabilize our global climate for my nieces and nephews, we support you, EPA, to eliminate all the pollution coming from our power plants, especially carbon dioxide.
Thank you for hosting this event today so I can honor my dad."
If you want to submit written comments to the EPA, you can contact do this at firstname.lastname@example.org
For your children, grandchildren, and family, I hope you will also submit comments to the EPA to show support for their upcoming efforts to regulate carbon pollution to reduce the threat of climate change.