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Legal Fight For Long Overdue Coal Ash Protections

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Case Number # 2309

A cloud of highly toxic coal ash is seen blowing like a sandstorm straight at the homes on the Moapa River Reservation. (Photo by Moapa Band of Paiutes)
A cloud of highly toxic coal ash is seen blowing like a sandstorm straight at the homes on the Moapa River Reservation. (Photo by Moapa Band of Paiutes)

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.

Press Releases

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
Friday, February 15, 2013
Lack of federal protections means unregulated coal ash ponds continue to poison rivers, people
Monday, December 10, 2012
Senate, House bills would prevent EPA from ever setting federal safeguards for toxic coal ash
Friday, September 14, 2012
Dangerous legislation would prevent the EPA from ever protecting public from toxic coal ash
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Decades of inaction have led to contaminated groundwater supplies for nearby communities
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Leaves communities living near coal ash sites severely at risk
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Senate rejects House plan to prevent EPA from ever regulating toxic coal ash pollution
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Number of coal ash ponds nationwide increases by over 60%