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Citizens to EPA: Clean Up Our Water!

Hundreds attend limited public hearing on power plant water pollution
July 9, 2013
Washington, D.C. —

On April 22, after more than 30 years of delay, the EPA proposed a new rule under the federal Clean Water Act that contains a variety of options for cleaning up toxic water pollution from coal-fired power plants. Power plants are some of the biggest sources of water pollution in the country, having already poisoned hundreds of lakes, rivers, bays, streams and aquifers. These are waters from which many nearby communities drink, swim and fish.

Power plants are some of the biggest sources of water pollution in the country, having already poisoned hundreds of lakes, rivers, bays, streams and aquifers. (iStockphoto)

Today, at its Washington, D.C. headquarters, the EPA is holding the first and only public hearing on the proposed rule. But the EPA has limited the scope and length of the public hearing, much to the disappointment of the hundreds of citizens who want to tell their stories of poisoned waters.

The following statement is from Alliance for the Great Lakes (IL), Appalachian Voices, Biscayne Bay Waterkeeper (FL), Chesapeake Climate Action Network (MD), Clean Water Action, Clean Water for North Carolina (NC), Comite Dialogo Ambiental (PR), Earthjustice, Environmental Integrity Project, French Broad Riverkeeper (NC), Greenpeace, Haw Riverkeeper (NC), Labadie Environmental Organization (MO), Little Blue Regional Action Group (PA), Milwaukee Riverkeeper (WI), National Hispanic Medical Association, National Latino Coalition on Climate Change, Patuxent Riverkeeper (MD), Potomac Riverkeeper (DC), Prairie Rivers Network (IL), Sierra Club, Watauga Riverkeeper (NC), Waterkeeper Alliance, and Western North Carolina Alliance (NC):

Power plant water discharges
are filled with toxic pollution.  (EPA)

“It is time for the EPA to end the power industries’ long history of destroying our lakes, rivers, and streams with toxic pollution. We are going to do all we can to ensure comprehensive rules are adopted that will require power plants to clean up all of their toxic wastewater pollution, not just some of it.

“By far the best option proposed by the EPA is for power plants to install zero liquid discharge technology and convert to safer coal ash handling systems that will eliminate discharges of the most contaminated wastewaters entirely. We hope the EPA will adopt the strongest protections for our waters from this pollution.

“The EPA has called this hearing only on part of the proposed rule, so-called ‘pretreatment’ standards for coal waste going to public water treatment facilities. The agency needs to listen more broadly. It is important that the EPA hear from the public on the rule as a whole, because so many of us are affected by toxic water pollution from power plants in our rivers, lakes and streams.”

Contacts

Jared Saylor, Earthjustice, (202) 745-5213

Sandra Diaz, Appalachian Voices, (828) 262-1500

Diana Dascalu-Joffe, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, (240) 396-1984

Jennifer Peters, Clean Water Action, (202) 895-0420, ext. 105

Katie Hicks, Clean Water for North Carolina, (828) 251-1291

Ruth Santiago, Comite Dialogo Ambiental, (787) 312-2223

Lyman C. Welch, Alliance for the Great Lakes, (312) 445-9739

Jennifer Duggan, Environmental Integrity Project, (802) 225-6774

Robert Gardner, Greenpeace, (540) 421-7558

Patricia Schuba, Labadie Environmental Organization, (636) 402-8460

Elena Rios, National Hispanic Medical Association, (202) 628-5895

Mark Magaña, National Latino Coalition on Climate Change, (202) 230-2070

Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper, (240) 393-1547

Traci Barkley, Prairie Rivers Network, (217) 344-2371

Eitan Bencuya, Sierra Club (202) 495-3047

Brittany Kraft, Waterkeeper Alliance, (678) 761-6584

Anna Jane Joyner, Western North Carolina Alliance, (828) 258-8737

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