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Coal Ash Contaminates Our Lives

180 Seconds of Coal Ash Problems

For decades, coal ash has polluted our waters and our communities. An end is now finally in sight—and we will not let polluter profits triumph over public health. You can help win this fight.

Coal Ash is a Hazardous Waste.

Coal ash, the toxic remains of coal burning in power plants, is full of chemicals that cause cancer, developmental disorders and reproductive problems. It poisons our water and kills fish and wildlife.

But despite the threat, both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the White House have done little to protect the waters we drink from coal ash contamination.

The Long Fight for Safeguards from Coal Ash is Almost Won.

Environmental litigation has prevailed, with local communities to finally gain some protection from coal ash pollution.

In a settlement to a lawsuit brought by Earthjustice on behalf of ten public interest groups and the Moapa Band of Paiutes, the EPA agreed to finalize the first-ever federal regulations for the disposal of coal ash by December 19, 2014.

Together, We Will Achieve Strong, Enforceable Protections for Our Water and Our Future.

We fight in the courts for a long-term solution to this toxic menace: the first-ever federal rules protecting our water and our health from exposure to toxic coal ash pollution. And we act on behalf of dozens of clients and coalition partners to defeat legislative attempts to subvert federally enforceable safeguards of coal ash

We need strong safeguards that protect our health and our environment. Polluters don’t want to clean up their toxic mess and are pressuring the EPA and Congress to ignore this growing problem. But together, we can illuminate the coal ash problem and push decision-makers to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink.

We're working to ensure the EPA's final rule includes strong, federally enforceable requirements for monitoring and cleanup. Join us by taking action today.

Spotlight

Celebrating An Historic Agreement on Coal Ash

On January 29, 2014, the Department of Justice on behalf of the EPA lodged a consent decree with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that requires the EPA to publish a final rule addressing the disposal of coal ash by Dec. 19, 2014.

The Coal Ash Problem

Coal ash is filled with toxic levels of multiple pollutants—which can poison drinking water sources. No federal regulations for this waste currently exist. See the infographic, and learn how you can help to solve the coal ash problem.

A Toxic Inheritance

The nation’s worst coal ash spill was scooped up from a prosperous community and dumped across state lines into the lives of a low-income community. Read how Alabama's Perry County is fighting back.

280 Billion

Pounds of toxic coal ash power plants generate every year—900 pounds for every person in the United States.