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Long-Awaited Federal Coal Ash Regulations to be Announced Friday


Rules to come six years after catastrophic Kingston coal ash spill


Contact: Jennifer Rennicks, SACE, 865.235.1448,

On Friday, December 19, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to officially release final rules for coal ash regulation, which have been in process ever since the catastrophic Kingston coal ash disaster which began on December 22, 2008. It has taken six years; Congressional hearings; other spills, notably the Dan River spill near Eden, North Carolina this year; documentaries and investigative reporting, such as this recent segment on 60 minutes; and countless efforts by citizens and advocates to sound the alarm on the immense dangers that coal ash pollution pose to human health and our environment.

The dangers of coal ash are accutely felt in the Southeast, where 40% of the nation’s coal ash impoundments are located, containing 118 billion gallons of toxic waste or enough coal ash to cover over 275,000 football fields one foot deep.

Last month, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) unveiled a new tool — Create-Your-Own Coal Ash Report — making it easy to generate custom reports from a database of more than 450 coal ash storage impoundments across our region.

If you are planning to cover the release of these new rules, visit this week and create a report specific to your publication’s readership to better understand the impacts that coal ash has on communities throughout the Southeast.

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy will issue a statement on Friday after the rules are released and post it in our press room.

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