The Latest On: Coal
Thomas Cmar, Attorney, Earthjustice: “Political staff appear to be keeping a very close eye on what information is being requested and released to the public. It raises concerns and it raises questions that need to be answered about whether EPA is living up to its obligations to make basic information about its activities available to the public that it’s supposed to be serving.“
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.”