Take Action: Tell AL officials to demand coal ash clean up
Coal ash is a toxic byproduct of coal-burning power plants. Across Alabama, there are more than 117 million tons of toxic coal ash in unlined pits next to our waterways at nine different sites owned by Alabama Power, TVA and PowerSouth.
The utilities’ own data shows that heavy metals are leaking into ground and surface waters at these sites. These contaminants, such as arsenic, radium, mercury, chromium and other heavy metals and known carcinogens, threaten water quality and wildlife, and constitute illegal contamination of state waters.
In other Southern states, utilities are handling their coal ash responsibly by excavating and removing this coal ash to dry, lined storage in modern landfills. But Alabama utilities are planning to leave this toxic pollution in place, forever, by “capping” the coal ash in unlined pits, starting with three Alabama Power plants. The public hearings on the utility’s plans, and their comment dates, are below:
- Plant Miller: public hearing on 10/20; comments due 10/27
- Plant Greene County: public hearing on 10/22; comments due 10/29
- Plant Gadsden: public hearing on 10/29; comments due 11/5
State officials need to hear from you—submit comments today and tell the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) that Alabama’s coal ash must be moved from unlined, leaking pits to dry, lined modern storage away from our waters.
Email your comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or submit your comments by mail:
Russell A. Kelly, Chief
Permits and Services Division
1400 Coliseum Blvd.
[Mailing address: PO Box 301463; Zip 36130-1463]
Montgomery, Alabama 36110-2400
Learn more at alabamacoalash.org.