Keep your coal ash out of my water

By Newsroom America Feeds at 23 Mar 2018 Our drinking water should be free of hazardous chemicals and heavy metals, but Trump's EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, has proposed weakening our already modest clean water protections against coal ash that require utilities to monitor the water around coal ash dump sites. TAKE ACTION


Every year, America’s coal plants produce 140 million tons of coal ash pollution, the toxic by-product that is left over after the coal is burned.1 Where does this coal ash go? It’s dumped in the backyards of power plants across the nation -- into open-air pits and precarious waste ponds, where it can contaminate local waterways and groundwater supplies. Now Scott Pruitt is trying to weaken the clean water protections that safeguard our communities from the dangers of coal ash pollution. Stop Trump's rollback of clean water protections against coal ash! Personal stories about coal ash strengthen our case against weakening these protections. Do you have a story about coal ash? Add your story to your comment. Many of these sites lack adequate safeguards, leaving nearby communities at risk from potential large-scale disasters and from gradual yet equally dangerous contamination as coal ash toxins seep into drinking water sources or are blown into nearby communities. The EPA’s 2015 coal ash protections were basic common sense -- they required utilities to test the water near their coal ash dumps to make sure hazardous chemicals were not leaking into drinking water sources.

These common sense, science-based rules allow local residents to know how safe their water is and requires utilities to clean up water contaminated caused by leaks at dump sites.

There is good reason for this, coal ash contains high concentrations of toxic heavy metals like mercury and lead, which can cause severe development problems in pregnant women and young children, and poses significant health risks to communities across the United States. The EPA is trying to gut protections against dirty coal ash waste. Tell the EPA utilities must continue to test the water near their coal ash dumps to make sure hazardous chemicals don't leak into drinking water. Do you have a story about coal ash in your community? Don’t forget to personalize your comment! The toxins found in coal ash have been linked to organ disease, cancer, respiratory illness, neurological damage, and developmental problems. People living within one mile of unlined coal ash ponds can have a 1 in 50 risk of cancer -- more than 2,000 times higher than what the EPA considers acceptable.2 Submit your official public comment to the EPA that you don't support their rollback, and make sure to tell your story about how coal ash has impacted you and your community.

Tens of thousands of Sierra Club members and supporters like you fought for these protections, and we're not going to give them up without a fight!

Thank you for all you do,

Dalal Aboulhosn

Deputy Legislative Director

Sierra Club

1. Carlos Ballesteros, “ Trump Administration Aims to Gut Clean Water Standards to Help Out Coal Power Plants ,” Newsweek, March 4, 2018. 2. “ Human and Ecological Risk Assessment of Coal Combustion Wastes ,” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, April 2010.


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