Coal ash, the toxic remains of coal burning in power plants, is full of chemicals that cause cancer, developmental disorders, and reproductive problems. Up until 2014, there were no federal regulations for the disposal of the millions of tons of coal ash generated each year.
That finally changed following a settlement in a hard-fought lawsuit brought by Earthjustice on behalf of 10 environmental and public health groups and the Moapa Band of Paiutes.
Since then, Earthjustice has continued to protect our water and air from coal ash contamination, including by challenging Trump-era rollbacks of federal coal ash regulations and by working in states across the country.
In Illinois, alongside environmental organizations and community groups, Earthjustice worked on every step of the creation of the state’s coal ash rule. This precedent-setting, comprehensive rule not only set the parameters for cleaning up toxic coal ash and restoring the environment, it also made necessary improvements to public participation and environmental justice.
Our Clients & Partners include: Appalachian Voices, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Clean Power Lake County, Environmental Integrity Project, Environmental Law & Policy Center, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, Metro East Green Alliance, Moapa Band of Paiutes, Montana Environmental Information Center, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Prairie Rivers Network, Sierra Club, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and Western North Carolina Alliance
Work by Earthjustice’s Clean Energy Program