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Time to crack down on toxic coal ash


Time to crack down on toxic coal ash


Coal power plants are by far the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in this country. Their pollution is making our planet a more dangerous place to live. But these coal plants also produce a by-product waste called "coal ash."  Coal ash contains toxic chemicals like arsenic, mercury and lead that can poison the water supplies of entire communities and are known to cause birth defects and premature deaths.

The Environmental Protection Agency needs to regulate coal ash as "hazardous waste" -- and as you'd expect, Dirty Coal and their allies plan to fight these regulations tooth and nail to protect their profits. The EPA needs to hear from you today. Tell the EPA you support cracking down on Dirty Coal and their dangerous coal ash.

On December 22, 2008, a ruptured ash dike at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Eastern Tennessee released 1.1 billion gallons of coal ash -- enough to fill 1,660 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The spill covered nearly 400 acres of land, causing major property and environmental damage. The sludge contained high levels of heavy metals like arsenic, lead and selenium that can cause cancer and neurological problems. This is exactly the kind of disaster that the EPA needs to prevent in the future with tough regulations.

The EPA will hold hearings in seven cities about these coal ash regulations over the next few weeks, so it's critical that they hear from you right now. If you live near any of the following cities, please sign up to attend an EPA hearing on coal ash regulations near you:

  • Monday, August 30: Arlington, VA at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City
  • Thursday, September 2: Denver, CO at the Grand Hyatt
  • Wednesday, September 8: Dallas, TX at the Hyatt Regency Dallas
  • Tuesday, September 14: Charlotte, NC at the Holiday Inn Charlotte (Airport)
  • Thursday, September 16: Chicago, IL at the Hilton Chicago
  • Tuesday, September 21: Pittsburgh, PA at the Omni Hotel
  • Tuesday, September 28: Louisville, KY at the Seelbach Hilton

The more they hear from concerned citizens like you, the harder it will be for Dirty Coal to block these regulations. Let's protect the health of our families and communities --  send your comments to the EPA today and sign up to attend a hearing near you.

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