Coal Dust In Appalachia Challenged
Earthjustice asks EPA to limit hazard linked to coal truck traffic
On the very same day that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared global warming pollution as a threat to human health, Earthjustice challenged the agency on an air pollution standard affecting folks in Appalachia.
Earthjustice, representing several clean air advocates, is calling on the agency to require coal preparation and processing plants to take any measures to limit the dangerous coal dust kicked up by trucks traveling on plant roads.
For Tim Bailey of Clinchfield, Virginia, a stronger standard could mean he and his family don’t have to worry about all that coal dust near their home. It could also mean he doesn’t have to set aside so much time a year to pressure wash coal dust from his property.
"Trucks from the prep plant kick up so much dust that a doctor has told me not to let my grandchildren play outside," said Bailey. "The EPA needs to put a stop to this so that we can enjoy our homes again."
Raviya was a press secretary at Earthjustice in the Washington, D.C. office from 2008 to 2014, working on issues including federal rulemakings, energy efficiency laws and coal ash pollution.