Coal ash is one of the most dangerous environmental threats you may never have heard of. The leftover waste of coal-fired power plants contains some really nasty and toxic materials – arsenic, lead, mercury, and more.
If you live near a coal-fired power plant, your drinking water may already be contaminated. That's because right now coal ash is less strictly controlled than household garbage.
But, thanks to proposed new rules drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency, you have the chance to protect your family, your community, and your fellow Americans from this toxic pollution.
Please take action in support of the EPA rule for tough federal standards on coal-burning power plants to more safely dispose coal ash waste.
- Environmental Protection Agency
**Comment Submitted for Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-RCRA-2009-0640**
Communities across the country are exposed to heavy metals such as arsenic, lead and mercury seeping from ash storage sites into our drinking water, rivers and streams. The result is increased risk of cancer, learning disabilities, birth defects, and other serious illnesses.
On behalf of my family, my community, and my fellow Americans, I urge you to stand up to industry pressure and issue strong, federally enforceable safeguards quickly under Subtitle C to protect communities from toxic coal ash waste.
Continuing to ignore scientific and safety concerns will put our families, communities, and economy at unnecessary and dangerous risk.
Toxic coal ash pollution is less strictly controlled than household garbage. The EPA must adopt enforceable federal safeguards, not suggested guidelines for states, to protect our communities.
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