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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Take Action for the Center for Biological Diversity

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Act now to stop ocean acidification. The EPA is seeking your input on how to address ocean acidification -- a process that opens the door to greater opportunities to regulate the emissions that are causing ocean acidification. It is extremely important that the EPA hears from you in support of protecting our oceans and coasts from acidification.

The oceans absorb about 22 million tons of CO2 pollution daily, causing seawater to become more acidic. Ocean acidification prevents crucial marine life such as plankton, shellfish, and corals from building the protective shells they need to survive.
Scientists warn that if we do not rapidly reduce atmospheric CO2, our oceans will dramatically change and entire ocean ecosystems could unravel from the bottom up due to acidification. It's not too late to act, but time is short.
Ask the EPA to use the tools provided by the Clean Water Act -- our nation's strongest law protecting water quality -- to rein in CO2 pollution. The law has a history of successfully reducing water pollution, including other atmospheric pollutants such as mercury and acid rain. The EPA has the ability to invoke this powerful law to get a handle on the CO2 pollution that’s acidifying our oceans.
Please send the letter below to urge the EPA to act quickly to address ocean acidification.



Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2010-0175

I am writing to express my support of the EPA’s efforts to address the problem of ocean acidification. Protecting our oceans and coasts from acidification must be a national priority. Specifically, I urge the EPA to issue guidance on ocean acidification that will help to prevent the harmful impacts of acidification.

Ocean acidification is an overarching threat to the natural marine environment and the coastal communities that depend on our oceans. CO2 pollution, the result of our burning of fossil fuels, has changed seawater chemistry at a rate faster than seen in millions of years, affecting the growth, reproduction, and health of all marine life. Without curbs on CO2 emissions, ocean acidification could contribute to the collapse of global fisheries and disappearance of coral reefs, among other consequences.

The EPA has the ability to use the Clean Water Act to get a handle on the pollution that is causing acidification. The EPA can provide needed leadership on approaches to ocean acidification by providing guidance and developing a framework for state and national efforts to address ocean acidification. Accordingly, the EPA should issue guidance that will help states monitor ocean acidification, identify impaired waters, and take steps to limit the CO2 pollution that is causing acidification.

The EPA should use its full authority to tackle the important problem of ocean acidification. Regulating CO2 that is causing ocean acidification through the Clean Water Act can play a role in reducing CO2 emissions while complementing other efforts aimed at greenhouse gas reductions. The faster EPA encourages state and federal action to address ocean acidification, the more likely it is that those efforts will be successful.

I support the EPA taking action under the Clean Water Act to help protect our oceans and coastal resources from the threat of ocean acidification. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

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