30 July 2013
Posted in GDNews Network
implementing regulations to protect us from this toxic byproduct of burning coal.
On Thursday, House Republicans passed their toxic coal ash bill, which prevents the EPA from implementing regulations to protect us from this toxic byproduct of burning coal.
Nearly 100,000 CREDO activists have already urged their Senators to oppose this bill, and preserve the EPA's power to protect our water and health from coal ash --but the bill passed the House with support from 39 coal stained Democrats, and the White House fell short of issuing a veto threat, possibly leaving the door open to a deal in the Senate.1
This is a moment to show strong opposition to any Senators who may be considering voting for the bill, and to make our opposition clear to environmental champions in the Senate who can work to keep the bill from coming up for a vote.Call Sens. Chambliss and Isakson: Don't block the EPA on toxic coal ash
Coal ash is dangerous. It contains mercury, arsenic, lead and other toxic chemicals, and piles up in massive quantities. Lacking safe ways to dispose of it, coal companies leave this sludge sitting in massive tailing ponds, the construction and inspection of which falls under state rules made dangerously lax by coal industry influence.2
Many of these poorly constructed ponds have been found to leak toxic waste into water supplies. Others have failed catastrophically, most recently in Kingston, Tennessee in 2008, where 5.4 million cubic yards of coal-ash sludge spilled into waterways and homes, resulting in a cleanup process taking years and expecting to cost over $1 billion.3
That’s why the EPA has been evaluating whether to classify coal ash as a hazardous waste, which would allow the agency to regulate coal ash and enforce new rules on the way it’s stored and disposed of.
But Rep. McKinley's (R-WV) just-passed H.R. 2218 would stop the EPA, and prevent federal oversight of lax state programs on coal ash -- leaving water supplies across the country at risk.
Thanks for taking action.
Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets
Click below for a sample script and the number to call:
1. Pete Kasperowicz, "House votes to blunt EPA regs on coal ash," The Hill, July 25, 2013.
2. Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson, "Many coal sludge impoundments have weak walls, federal study says," Washington Post, April 24, 2013.
3. Shaila Dewan, "Tennessee Ash Flood Larger Than Initial Estimate," New York Times, December 26, 2008.
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