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Ask the Iowa DNR to Investigate Coal Piles

A 2009 report from USEPA confirmed that runoff from coal piles happens as a result of rain and snow and may contain high concentrations of heavy metals. Yet, Iowa does not have a water quality standard for runoff from these coal piles.

As a concerned citizen, please ask IDNR to further assess the impact of coal storage areas on both groundwater and surface water and to then consider whether a new standard requiring coal plant operators to cover coal piles might be appropriate.

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