The Latest On: Coal Ash
Thomas Cmar, Attorney, Earthjustice: “The state really has an opportunity here to show us that none of these legal efforts are necessary. If the state were to do its job, we wouldn’t have ever needed to pursue a federal lawsuit. This is an opportunity for the state to finally face up to the situation that’s been created in Herrington Lake and force the company to come to the table and offer up real solutions for how to clean up its mess.”
Lisa Evans, Senior Administrative Counsel, Earthjustice: "EPA’s imminent 'reconsideration' of the coal ash rule means only one thing, EPA is again turning its back on public health and safety and siding with the polluters. The EPA’s status report is just another example of agency policy to kowtow to corporate interests."
Thomas Cmar, Attorney, Earthjustice: “If we could resolve this outside of a lawsuit, that would be better,. But the only way that I can see that happening would be if the company was willing to take responsibility for its contributions to the very serious contamination we’ve seen in the lake and offer to take much more meaningful steps both to stop further pollution and clean up the pollution that’s already out there.”
“The floodplain of a major river is the worst possible location for a waste site, especially one at the massive scale of the Wabash Coal Generating Station coal ash ponds.”