Take Action Now: Send EPA Comments to Stop Coal Plant Water Pollution!
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just proposed long-overdue coal plant water pollution standards that have the potential to limit the amount of toxic metals and other chemicals that can be dumped in our water.
Now they are taking comments from the public and they need to hear from you today!
Coal-fired power plants, and the coal ash they produce, are the source of nearly three-quarters of toxic water pollution in the U.S. Each year they dump billions of pounds of heavy metals such as arsenic, mercury, lead and other contaminants into waterways threatening human health, wildlife and drinking water. Southeastern waterways and communities are especially in danger from this threat. Our region is home to 40% of the nation’s coal ash impoundments and almost half of all coal ash dumps rated “high hazard” by EPA are found in the Southeast.
Today’s power plant water pollution standards are 31 years old, and 4 out of 5 plants lack any limits on the toxic metals they are allowed to emit. This EPA rule could change that.
Make sure EPA requires all power plants to stop water pollution. Submit your comments TODAY!
These standards have the potential to significantly reduce pollution from coal ash. Securing strong coal plant water pollution standards now will help reinforce the need for strong overarching rules for coal ash disposal and handling.
EPA needs to hear from you! Click here to submit your comments NOW!
Visit www.southeastcoalash.org to learn more about coal ash and how it threatens the places where you live, work and play.