Fort Worth Religious Leaders Testify at Cement Kiln Hearing, Call on EPA to Protect Our Health, Without Delay

Fort Worth Interfaith Power & Light Leaders Testify at Nation’s Only Public Hearing to Consider the Delay and Weakening of Toxic Air Pollution Emission Standards for Cement Kiln Plants

August 16, 2012

Fort Worth, TX – Members of Fort Worth Interfaith Power and Light (FWIPL) testify today in Arlington, TX at the Environmental Protection Agency public hearing on the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for cement manufacturing.

The new proposed EPA rules would weaken regulations on particulate matter, or soot, from cement kilns and would delay implementation of new emissions standards by two years. Particulate matter emissions cause asthma attacks, heart attacks, and strokes and may cause lung cancer. A two year delay of this standard endangers the lives of as many as 5,000 people.

“Our faith traditions demand not only charity, but also that we protect people from harm,” Fort Worth IPL member Melissa Ashmore, who attends Fort Worth First Congregational United Church of Christ said. “Fort Worth IPL calls on the EPA to safeguard the health of our community by implementing emission standards on toxic cement kiln pollution, without weakening them, and without delay.”

Reverend Paul John Roach, Senior Minister of Unity Church of Fort Worth, said, “One of the greatest challenges in our world is environmental degradation and global warming—and weakening these cement kiln standards would be a step in the wrong direction.” About Fort Worth IPL’s involvement at today’s hearing, Rev. Roach said, “Each of us is called to step up to the plate, to be engaged in life in ways that challenge and inspire us—and speaking out to protect our local community from more pollution is one way that we, as people of faith, can work together to make a difference.” 

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Fort Worth Interfaith Power & Light is a local affiliate of Texas Interfaith Power & Light, which is a program of The Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy. Texas IPL seeks to engage faith communities in environmental stewardship through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. www.txipl.org

Interfaith Power & Light has 39 state affiliates and is mobilizing a religious response to global warming in more than 14,000 congregations. www.interfaithpowerandlight.org

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For more information contact 
Rev. Paul John Roach: 817-480-0995 (mobile) or pauljohnroach@yahoo.com
John Barnes: 817-308-8304 (mobile) or jbarnes@ix.netcom.com