The Latest On: Coal Ash Regulations
Lisa Evans, Senior Administrative Counsel, Earthjustice: “The atmosphere was confident to the point of snarkiness. It was, like, ‘We are getting a new rule, and we wrote the playbook for the E.P.A. on it.’ ”
Lisa Evans, Senior Administrative Counsel, Earthjustice: "Indiana has, for many reasons, been the ground zero for us with coal ash problems. It is one of the top coal ash-producing states and most of that ash is stored in unlined ponds, which is creating the problems we're now seeing."
Lisa Evans, Senior Administrative Counsel, Earthjustice: "The data clearly show that nationwide we have a significant problem. Consistently, what I see at these coal ash dumps is an indication that they are leaking, which confirms what we had suspected before the data came out. Most of the sites are unlined, and there are effectively no barriers to stop the hazardous contaminants from leaking into underlying groundwater."
Lisa Evans, Attorney, Earthjustice: “People living near more than a thousand toxic coal ash sites are at risk. They face contaminated drinking water, toxic dust in the air, and serious health threats just because the EPA is choosing to side with polluters over the public.”
Lisa Evans, Senior Administrative Counsel, Earthjustice: "EPA’s imminent 'reconsideration' of the coal ash rule means only one thing, EPA is again turning its back on public health and safety and siding with the polluters. The EPA’s status report is just another example of agency policy to kowtow to corporate interests."
Thomas Cmar, Attorney, Earthjustice: “If we could resolve this outside of a lawsuit, that would be better,. But the only way that I can see that happening would be if the company was willing to take responsibility for its contributions to the very serious contamination we’ve seen in the lake and offer to take much more meaningful steps both to stop further pollution and clean up the pollution that’s already out there.”