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Celebrity moms unite in support of clean air rules

Juliann Moore stars as Sarah Palin in "Game Change" which premieres Saturday at 8pm on HBO


Julianne Moore, seen here as Sarah Palin in HBO's "Game Change", is a member of Moms Clean Air Force.

Actress Jessica Capshaw (best known for her starring turn on ABC drama “Grey’s Anatomy”) is the latest celebrity parent to join Moms Clean Air Force, an organization committed to clean air initiatives. The group’s current priority: The long sought-after Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for power plants recently published in the Federal Register, which limit the amounts of mercury and other toxins the plants can release into the atmosphere. As reported by Fuel Fix, these new standards have come under attack, most notably by Republican Sen. James Inhofe. He’s filed a ruling that seeks to nullify the EPA ruling, which made the standards official last month.

“I’ve joined Moms Clean Air Force to send a powerful message to Washington that there’s only one way to keep poisons out of the air we breathe--and that’s to create strong protections,” Capshaw said in a press release. “It’s time for moms to get the attention of political representatives and remind them that they bear a moral responsibility for cleaning poisons out of our air.”