The Latest On: Coal Ash Regulations
Groundwater Contamination Identified in Oklahoma’s Coal Ash Dumps as Pruitt Considers Relinquishing EPA Oversight
Groundwater Contamination from Oklahoma Coal Ash Dumps and Noncompliance with the Federal Coal Ash Rule
Lisa Evans, Senior Administrative Counsel, Earthjustice: “I’ve never seen a rule like this, in terms of the thinness of the evidence.”
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.”