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For the first time, the federal government is enforcing rules that require the coal industry to clean up toxic coal ash waste. This pollution can leak into groundwater and drinking water sources. Earthjustice was deeply involved in passing the original coal ash rules as part of our mission to secure clean air and drinking water for all. Since then, we've been fighting in court to make sure the government upholds them.
Coal ash is the leading source of water contamination in the U.S.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just told several coal plants they must follow federal rules about how coal ash is managed.
The EPA’s decisions establish that: