Every day, power plants generate over 400,000 tons of toxic coal ash. Most of this waste, which is filled with arsenic, mercury, lead, selenium, cadmium and other pollutants that cause cancer and more, is simply dumped into unlined and unmonitored landfills and ponds.
There are more than 600 unregulated coal ash dumps across America; 186 of these sites have had proven contamination at nearby aquifers, rivers, lakes, streams and creeks. Despite the dangers to local communities that drink this contaminated water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has still not adopted any federal safeguards to protect human health and the environment.
On behalf of 11 national and local environmental and public health groups, Earthjustice is suing the federal government to set a deadline to adopt federal coal ash protections.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
North Carolina spill comes just days after EPA sets deadline for first-ever federal safety standards
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Environmental litigation prevails, local coal ash communities to gain some protection
Friday, December 20, 2013
Plans to convert to safer coal ash disposal at all TVA power plants now seemingly in limbo
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
EPA proposed first-ever federal regulations in 2010, little movement since then
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Judge to offer more details in the next 30 days but takes first step towards federal enforceable safeguards
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
H.R. 2218 won’t ever close polluting coal ash impoundments; vote expected this week
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Coal-fired power plants remain the nation's biggest source of toxic water pollution
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Series of anti-environmental bills advance in subcommittee today, await full committee consideration
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Hundreds of coal ash sites have already poisoned waters, yet bill fails to provide solution
Friday, May 17, 2013
Bill would eliminate EPA’s requirement to update federal waste disposal regulations