plants in the US produce more than 125 million tons of toxic coal ash each year.
Though there have been more than 100 cases of coal ash contamination across the
country, there are no national standards for the disposal of coal ash. Last
year, after listening to over 450,000 public comments, EPA proposed long
overdue safeguards for the disposal of coal ash that would protect clean water
and public health.
But some Congressional Representatives have advanced a bill that would
prevent EPA from enforcing commonsense safeguards to limit coal ash pollution.
Senators and Representative not to block long overdue protections for toxic
Don't Block EPA Efforts to Regulate Toxic Coal Ash
Dear [Decision Maker],
I urge you to oppose any efforts that would prevent US EPA from regulating coal ash as hazardous waste. Coal ash contains several known toxins including arsenic, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead and mercury. Over 125 million tons of toxic coal ash is disposed of each year in the US, and lax oversight by states has led to over 100 known cases of coal ash contamination.
After considering the latest science and input from the public and industry, EPA has proposed rules for safer disposal of coal ash. Legislation to prevent the regulation of coal ash as hazardous waste puts public health at risk and threatens clean water across the country. Please protect the health of your constituents and oppose efforts to weaken or block regulation of coal ash as hazardous waste.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]