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Coal Ash Regulations

The Latest On: Coal Ash Regulations

November 3, 2022 | Report

Poisonous Coverup: The Widespread Failure of the Power Industry to Clean Up Coal Ash Dumps

In every state where coal is burned, the utility industry is violating a federal regulation known as the Coal Ash Rule. The result is widespread groundwater contamination that threatens our drinking water supplies and aquatic life. This report presents evidence of contamination at more power plants than previously documented – bringing the total to over 265 sites – and also describes the pervasive noncompliance that continues to prevent environmental restoration.

November 3, 2022 | Feature

Mapping the Coal Ash Contamination

746 coal ash units in 43 states and Puerto Rico reported information in compliance with federal coal ash safeguards. We analyzed the data. Here’s what it said.

August 25, 2022 | Legal Document

EPA Coal Ash Complaint

This case challenges the U.S. EPA to review and revise regulations that are inadequate to protect human health and the environment from the unsafe disposal of coal combustion residuals.

January 25, 2022 | In the News: Corporate Knights

Could rare earth minerals give coal country a second life?

Lisa Evans, Senior Counsel, Coal Program, Earthjustice: “How do you extract [rare earth] in a way that doesn’t create more of an environmental hazard, that doesn’t endanger workers and that doesn’t leave toxic waste for the community? All these questions have to be answered.”

January 11, 2022 | In the News: The Hill

EPA takes steps toward addressing toxic coal residue

Lisa Evans, Senior Counsel, Coal Program, Earthjustice: “EPA, has not, to date, since the rule was promulgated in 2015, enforced the rule. It’s stunning that there have been no enforcement actions when in fact there is widespread, substantial noncompliance.”