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.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Arsenic, among others, leached at 1,800 times federal safe drinking water levels
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
After years of delay, tragedy in Tennessee, EPA proposes regulatory options but stops short of giving clear protections for communities
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Unprecedented delay and industry influence leaves millions of Americans exposed to toxic coal ash pollution.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Sites found in 14 states, significantly increasing pressure on OMB to release delayed EPA rule
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Demand EPA to release regulations as promised
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Industry seeks to protect "trade secrets" in waste
Monday, October 5, 2009
Reporting from site of Kingston, Tenn. TVA disaster
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
EPA provides structural assessment of 26 more ponds, adding to data on 17 released last week
Monday, August 31, 2009
Details from 584 coal ash sites in 35 states finally released; public health at risk
Monday, June 29, 2009
Taking swift action, agency makes public highly toxic sites that threaten public health