May 17, 2023
Coal Ash in the United States: Addressing Coal Plants’ Hazardous Legacy
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Coal Ash in States, Territories, Regions
Where are Coal Ash Dump Sites?
View a national map of power plant sites across the country that have currently regulated and/or legacy coal ash units.
Coal ash contains hazardous pollutants including arsenic, boron, cobalt, chromium, lead, lithium, mercury, molybdenum, radium, selenium, and other heavy metals, which have been linked to cancer, heart and thyroid disease, reproductive failure, and neurological harm. Industry’s own data indicate that across the country 91% of coal plants are currently polluting groundwater above federal health standards with toxic pollutants.
The EPA must move quickly to stop the flow of toxic releases from hundreds of leaking dumps and require effective cleanups. The companies that profited from burning coal for decades must not be allowed to walk away from dealing with the hundreds of coal ash dumps leaking toxic waste into groundwater.