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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, October 12, 2011
House Republicans pushing forward on misguided, unwanted effort
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Unregulated coal ash currently contaminates water supplies at hundreds of sites across U.S.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
States lack important safeguards for public health, operating old, dangerous coal ash dumps
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Removes protections; endangers public health
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Legislation would prevent U.S. EPA from ever regulating coal ash as a hazardous waste
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Nearly a quarter of facilities assessed receive poor safety rating; coal ash protection still delayed
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Coal ash waste contains hexavalent chromium
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Overstates value of coal ash recycling by more than 20 times
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
No celebrating; groups call on EPA to finally protect public from dangers of coal ash
Monday, August 30, 2010
First public hearing on EPA coal ash rule draws nationwide participation