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