Red Bank United Methodist Church Works together with Temple Shalom of Aberdeen to rally support for Reducing Deadly Mercury Emissions

RED BANK, NJ - The United Methodist Church of Red Bank as part of its leadership through GreenFaith Certification Program, is working with Temple Shalom of Aberdeen to rally support for a new national rule aimed at reducing the emission of mercury and other toxins from power plants nationwide.  The church has been educating the congregation and the community on how some energy sources place a heavy burden on those who live nearby, and raising awareness of choices we can make to improve the lives of New Jersey residents.  Senior Pastor, Rev. Myrna Bethke, encourages and supports these efforts and the work of GreenFaith.  Red Bank UMC and Temple Shalom are participants in the interfaith certification program designed by GreenFaith, which is headquartered in Highland Park, NJ.     

On March 15 the US Environmental Protection Agency proposed the rule, which is now open for public comment.   The rule would require many power plants to install widely available, proven pollution control technologies to cut harmful emissions of mercury and other toxins.   According to the EPA, this rule will prevent as many as:

*  17,000 premature deaths and 11,000 heart attacks annually.

*  120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms and 11,000 fewer cases of acute bronchitis among children annually.

*  12,000 emergency room visits and hospital admissions, and 850,000 fewer absences from work due to illness.

Signatures gathered by the Red Bank United Methodist Church will be added to over 1,000 additional signatures from faith-based sites gathered by GreenFaith.  These will be delivered to Lisa Jackson, Director of the EPA.
GreenFaith, the sponsoring organization of the Certification Program, is an active advocate for environmental protection.   At the time of this rule's proposal, Lisa Jackson met privately with GreenFaith's Executive Director, Rev. Fletcher Harper, and stressed the importance of support from people of faith.  "This rule will save lives as soon as it is implemented," said Harper.  "RBUMC is encouraging its members and community to voice their support."

For more information about Red Bank United Methodist Church's environmental program, visit www.umcredbank.org and click on Greenfaith.   Or click on www.greenfaith.org.