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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

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
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Casts Tennessee disaster as once-in-a-lifetime event
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Ask agencies to disclose 44 'high hazard' sites
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Findings were buried for years by Bush administration
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Paper mills and host of other coal ash polluters represent additional challenge for EPA
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Millions of tons of unregulated coal ash poisons drinking waters, threatens cancer and more
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Proposed bill mandates swift action, but stronger measures needed