USA Today: Don’t stop the fight against mercury pollution: Republican and Democrat to Trump EPA

The mercury rule has protected Americans from dangerous pollution. Changing it threatens gains that include cleaner air and edible seafood.

As former governors, we know that cleaner air means better health, a better economy and better jobs for the residents of our states.

Today, thanks to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, children and families are breathing cleaner air and our waters and streams are less polluted. The mercury rule, which limits mercury emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants, has resulted in 90% less mercury in the air than a decade ago. But now, the Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with a proposal that asserts it is no longer “appropriate and necessary” to protect the public from our country’s largest sources of mercury and air toxic emissions.