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How Safe Is Your State?

In response to Freedom of Information Act requests filed by Earthjustice and our partners, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revealed the existence of at least 1,400 coal ash dump sites across the country. These sites pose significant cancer and health risks that so far have gone unchecked. (Fact sheets include detailed analysis based on data available and full citations for statistics.)

See the full list of responses from power plants about their coal ash ponds and landfills: PDF or XLSX

For more information on coal ash ponds and landfills in the southeast, please visit Southeast Coal Ash Waste, a website managed by our coalition partners at the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

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High and Significant Hazard Coal Ash Dump Sites

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rates coal ash ponds according to a National Inventory of Dams criteria that categorizes the ponds by the damage that would occur if the pond collapses. There are 331 High and Significant hazard coal ash ponds in the United States. The NID hazard potential ratings refer to the potential for loss of life or damage if there is a dam failure.