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Speak Out At the Citizens’ Coal Ash Hearing

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While seven hearings are scheduled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider regulation of coal ash waste, not one was scheduled in Tennessee, the site of the massive TVA coal ash disaster in 2008. To rectify this oversight, a coalition meetingnoticeof organizations – forming the Citizens’ Coal Ash Hearing Committee – will host a public community hearing to ensure that the voices of those who have been impacted by this hazardous coal waste have a chance to testify. The Citizen’s Hearing will take place at 5:30 PM EST, Thursday September 2, 2010 at the Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tenn. The hearing will provide time to collect testimony and comments that will be formally presented to the EPA regarding the ongoing coal combustion residuals rulemaking process. An EPA official will provide a brief overview of the proposals prior to the hearing.

EPA is considering two classifications for coal ash. Under one proposal, EPA would list coal ash as hazardous waste subject to regulation under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), when destined for disposal in landfills or surface impoundments. Under the other proposal, EPA would set guidelines for coal ash based on the authority of RCRA Subtitle D, the same section as for household garbage. Coal ash contains numerous toxic elements like mercury, arsenic, and selenium – we believe this is hazardous waste and needs to be regulated as such!

For Tennessee residents, the closest hearings scheduled by the EPA are in Louisville, Ky and Charlotte, NC, each over a four-hour drive from Roane County, Tenn.

The Citizen’s Coal Ash Hearing Committee is asking that Tennessee residents attend the Citizens’ Hearing to take part in the rulemaking process. The College is located at 276 Patton Lane, Harriman, Tennessee 37748.spillPlease contact Josh Galperin, Esq.

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy ; 865.637.6055 ex. 23; josh@cleanenergy.org for more information.

Find more information on the Citizens’ Hearing by viewing the flyer.

Please read our blog or visit our website to learn more about the details of this rulemaking and to take action.

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