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.
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
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
More than 100 physicians, tribal leaders, labor leaders, clergy, nurses, parents to meet with Congress on carbon pollution, smog, ash, other clean air priorities
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Groups call for more toxic substance testing and FDEP oversight
Thursday, April 11, 2013
House subcommittee hearing considers “unprecedented” bill that cannot protect public health