5 Reasons Your Call Is Critical Right NOW

TVA Kingston Fossil Plant coal ash spill, appx. 1 mile from the retention pond. The pile of coal ash is 20-25 feet high, and stretches for two miles and then empties into the Emory River. Photo Credit: Brian Stansberry from Wikimedia Commons.
TVA Kingston Fossil Plant coal ash spill, appx. 1 mile from the retention pond. The pile of coal ash is 20-25 feet high, and stretches for two miles and then empties into the Emory River. Photo Credit: Brian Stansberry from Wikimedia Commons.

 

  1. Coal-fired power producers, US Senators and Congressman, Governors, and federal and state agencies are pressuring the White House and OMB to derail the US EPA’s attempts to reportedly establish national disposal standards to protect water supplies and communities from toxic coal combustion wastes, or coal ash.
  2. Polluters have already met with OMB and other White House officials at least 21 times in advance of the US EPA’s proposed coal ash rules! Polluters are trying to prevent the public from having a chance to see and comment on the proposed rules.
  3. The time has come to tell the Obama administration the public should be allowed to see and comment on these rules! They need to know we want and support hazardous waste rules that protect our health and environment from coal ash.
  4. We want President Obama to uphold his promise of allowing science to dictate policy: federal agencies must allow the US EPA to do its job to protect our water from the irresponsible dumping of coal ash – dumping that has been allowed by states for decades.
  5. Whether it’s a public health threat, an environmental justice issue, a threat to species or public safety, coal ash is bad news for millions of Americans. Tell the White House and EPA how coal ash is a threat in your region and your neighborhood.

For more information, please contact Traci Barkley, Water Resources Scientist for Prairie Rivers Network at tbarkley@prairierivers.org or 217/344-2371.