Tell EPA to Protect Us from Toxic Coal Ash
Coal-burning power plants are the largest source of toxic water pollution in the United States.
Power plants generate toxic waste, called coal ash, when they burn coal to make electricity. Many power plants store their coal ash waste in large pits that are often unlined and sited next to rivers, streams and lakes.
These coal ash pits pose significant risks to nearby residents and water supplies. In fact, recent massive toxic spills from these pits have contaminated water supplies, destroyed property, and sickened clean-up workers. Monitoring efforts also show widespread groundwater contamination near coal-fired power plants.
Power companies need to act quickly to secure or close these pits before there’s another spill or groundwater becomes further contaminated.
Unfortunately, EPA is proposing to extend the amount of time power companies have to secure or close their unlined coal ash storage pits - by up to 8 years.
Send a letter to EPA today!
To learn more see:
- EPA’s proposed rule change documents [https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OLEM-2019-0172-0001]
- Chattanooga Times Free Press Editorial: "Citizens left hanging when both federal and state governments abandon environmental safety" [https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/opinion/times/story/2019/dec/08/sohn-citizens-left-hanging/510007/]
- Washington Post: "EPA to scale back federal rules restricting waste from coal-fired power plants" [https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/11/03/epa-scale-back-federal-rules-restricting-waste-coal-fired-power-plants/]
- Waterkeeper Alliance Responds to Trump Administration’s Coal Rollbacks [https://waterkeeper.org/waterkeeper-alliance-responds-to-trump-administrations-coal-rollbacks/]
- Report: "Closing the Floodgates: How the Coal Industry Is Poisoning Our Water and How We Can Stop It" [https://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/ClosingTheFloodgates-Final.pdf]