Action needed to tell the EPA to regulate dangerous Coal Ash

August 24th, 2010

The Texas League of Conservation Voters is concerned about the lack of federal regulation of dangerous coal ash. There are two opportunities for Texans to sound off to the EPA on this important issue. The first is to testify at an EPA public hearing on coal ash on Wednesday, September 8 in Dallas Texas. The second is to send letters to the EPA online. Below is a letter from LCV President Gene Karpinski on this issue, and links to send a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

The League of Conservation Voters and CREDO Action are teaming up to help protect our planet from dangerous coal ash.

Coal-fired power plants are producing more than 130 million tons of coal ash every year. That’s enough waste annually to fill train cars from the North Pole to the South Pole!

And you know what is even more alarming? Coal ash contains toxins like arsenic, chromium, lead and mercury. And there are next to no federal regulations on it.

Right now, the EPA is considering options that could either reel in Dirty Coal’s assault on the environment or maintain the status quo. Will you let them know which option you support?

Click here and tell the EPA: No to the status quo! Set protective and federally enforceable regulations for toxic coal ash disposal NOW!

Coal ash is loosely regulated on a state-by-state basis. In some states, it’s less regulated than household waste. All too often, coal ash gets dumped into waste ponds and even our landfills– and from there it leaks into our drinking water and fragile ecosystems. The EPA is currently reviewing two options for the regulation of coal ash:

* Option One: Set federally enforceable standards for coal ash disposal. The EPA would set storage and handling safeguards and strict pollution prevention and monitoring requirements for coal ash disposal sites. And companies wouldn’t be allowed to operate a plant if they couldn’t prove they could pay for the consequences of a disaster.

* Option Two: No federal enforcement. The EPA would give non-binding “suggestions” instead of enforceable standards – and would maintain today’s unsustainable status quo where the states with the greatest amount of coal ash have the weakest regulations. Unsurprisingly, Dirty Coal and the powerful energy lobby are giving their full-throated support to this weaker option.

Tell the Environmental Protection Agency: Protect the environment, not Dirty Coal profits.

With your help, we can ensure that the EPA strengthens coal ash regulations and protects the environment from the perils of failed coal ash handling.

Thank you for all that you do for the environment.


Gene Karpinski
League of Conservation Voters