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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

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Procedural vote puts pressure to pass coal ash “rider” in massive transportation bill
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Amendment to must-pass transportation legislation contains unrelated coal ash “rider”
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Unrelated riders on coal ash, NEPA, Keystone pipeline clog up jobs bill
Thursday, April 5, 2012
EPA has failed to complete a rulemaking for important national safeguards
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Groups head to court to force issuance of important national safeguards
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Hydro-geological report says ash pond constructed with unstable coal waste
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
EPA must pass regulations to protect public health from arsenic, lead and mercury
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Inspections reveal threefold increase in “significant-hazard rated” ponds
Thursday, October 20, 2011
ND Senators lead the effort despite evidence of “poor-rated” coal ash ponds in their state
Friday, October 14, 2011
Neutering EPA’s ability to regulate toxic coal ash serves only corporate polluters