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Help Us Prevent EPA’s Rollback of Critical Coal Ash Protections!

At the only public hearing on April 25th near Washington, DC, dozens of public speakers strongly opposed the Pruitt EPA’s effort to slash coal ash protections for our waters and our health!

Public comment period on EPA’s proposed rule changes ends April 30th. Please email your written comments to CCRPhase1@epa.gov. Include “Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OLEM-2017-0286:” in your subject line.  For more details, please click here.

The Environmental Protection Agency is taking comments by email on the Trump administration’s proposed major rollbacks of the Federal Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) Rule. The CCR rule was established in 2015 to provide transparency with the public, safeguard human health, and protect our environment from coal ash pollution and disasters like the Dan River spill. Each year, hundreds of coal–fired power plants across the U.S. burn nearly a billion tons of coal, creating hundreds of millions of tons of coal ash, which has been linked to cancer, heart disease, stroke, brain damage and other life-threatening illnesses.

The proposed CCR rule rollbacks would:

  • Slash important groundwater monitoring and reporting requirements.
  • Eliminate mandates to include public input in the decision making process for coal ash remediation and disposal.
  • Allow industry and political appointees to make critical decisions on coal ash management, including whether cleanup or closure is necessary.
  • Give polluters the authority to use “alternative” groundwater protection standards to determine when cleanup is required.
  • End the utilities’ required annual groundwater monitoring and reporting to the public.
  • Give states and polluters the discretion to ignore location prohibitions on coal ash dumping without public notification or oversight.
  • Allow unlined coal ash pits to be used indefinitely!

The Trump administration’s proposal clearly puts the interests of industry above the public’s health and the environment. Scott Pruitt praises the proposed rule changes for saving the industry up to $100 million, completely ignoring the costs in polluted water sources and health.

Please submit your written comments by Monday, April 30th! Tell EPA to protect the public from coal ash and preserve ALL of the basic, common sense protections provided by the 2015 coal ash rule!

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