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Hundreds of coal ash disposal sites are spilling, leaking, and polluting the waters we drink, fish, and swim in with arsenic, lead, mercury and more.

Last year, Earthjustice forced the Environmental Protection Agency to issue a coal ash rule that at long last establishes health and safety requirements for toxic ash disposal. But polluters and their cronies in Congress will do whatever it takes to make sure those protections never see the light of day.

A bad bill—S. 1803—removes, weakens and delays critical safety protections established by EPA in the agency’s first-ever coal ash rule.

We need to stop this bill NOW. Tell your Senator to oppose S. 1803 and protect our waters and communities.

  • Martin’s Creek, Pennsylvania: August 2005
  • Kingston, Tennessee: December 2008
  • Oak Creek, Wisconsin: October 2011
  • Eden, North Carolina: February 2014

At these four sites alone, nearly six million tons of toxic coal ash spilled into nearby lakes, rivers and streams.

Without effective federal coal ash regulations, it’s not a matter of if another tragic spill will happen…it’s a matter of when and where.

Don’t let our elected officials represent the interests of polluters by blocking federal coal ash safeguards!

Take action now to clean up coal ash and provide relief to communities across the country being polluted by this toxic waste.

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Oppose S. 1803, Bill Attacks Citizen Protections from Unsafe Coal Ash Disposal

Dear Senator,



The dirty legacy of toxic coal ash continues. The most recent spill at a Duke Energy facility in North Carolina sent more than 140,000 tons of coal ash and wastewater containing arsenic and lead into the Dan River, which made its way into Virginia's water supply and fouled 70 miles of river. This is just the latest in a long list of pollution and poisoning of waters we drink, fish and swim in.

In December 2014, the EPA finally signed the first-ever coal ash rule that establishes protective requirements enforceable in every U.S. state and territory. These safeguards are particularly important for communities of color and low-income communities where over 70 percent of coal ash dams are located. S. 1803, however, would remove, weaken or delay these protections and prevent the EPA from ever setting safeguards again for the disposal of toxic coal ash. I am urging you to oppose S. 1803 and any efforts to strip the EPA of its authority and prevent effective federal regulation of this waste.

EPA's federal coal ash disposal standards are urgently needed to:
* ensure public disclosure and provide impacted communities with access to information about water contamination and safety concerns from coal ash dumps in their communities;
* encourage rapid closure of legacy dumps, like the Dan River pond that burst in 2014; and
* ensure that those responsible for pollution notify communities of hazardous releases, and clean up coal ash spills and drinking water contamination.

The coal ash problem is growing worse as power plants generate more and more toxic waste. Legislation that blocks and guts the EPA rule will guarantee that it won't be a matter of if another coal ash spill happens, only a matter of when.

EPA's coal ash rule is the result of decades of deliberation in a rulemaking process in which nearly half a million Americans participated. We ask Members of the Senate to allow the EPA rule to move forward and start the job immediately of protecting hundreds of American communities threatened by toxic coal ash dumps.

Sincerely,
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