Plan for a cleaner Gulf of Mexico, healthier region

Posted by Trish Riley, January 3, 2012

The Obama administration did the nation — and Florida in particular — a great service by putting forth an ambitious plan to restore the Gulf of Mexico. The blueprint unveiled this month could, over time, begin to reverse decades of man-made damage that hammered the gulf long before last year’s historic oil spill. The federal government and the states must follow through to protect this rich ecosystem and national economic treasure.

“Everyone from the EPA and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to the National Academy of Sciences have found mercury to be dangerously toxic — especially to children. For someone who claims to be so pro-life, Santorum’s baseless statement shows he isn’t pro-healthy-life,” says Heather Taylor-Miesle, director of the NRDC Action Fund, which is affiliated with the National Resources Defense Council environmental group.

“He needs to get the facts because right now he just sounds like he is pandering to rich polluters.”

The benefits of the new regulation include preventing up to 11,000 premature deaths and 130,000 asthma attacks every year, according to the EPA. In terms of dollars, the new rule is estimated to save as much as $9 in health benefits for every dollar spent on installing new technologies to meet new emission limits.

via Plan for a cleaner Gulf of Mexico, healthier region – Tampa Bay Times.