Stop More Spills: EPA Must Regulate Toxic Coal Ash
- by: Sierra Club
- recipient: Environmental Protection Agency
A partial retaining bluff collapse at the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant in Wisconsin sent toxic coal ash spewing into Lake Michigan. The collapse came just weeks after the house voted to prevent the EPA from protecting Americans from coal ash.
This spill has shown us -- again -- why the status quo is not good enough. We need the EPA to finalize the strong protections against coal ash that Americans need.
It's time to put our communities' health above the interests of the coal industry. Tell EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson that you support her agency's efforts to regulate toxic coal ash.
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Dear Administrator Jackson,
In the wake of the toxic coal ash spill at the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant in Wisconsin on October 31, I am writing in support of your agency's efforts to finalize strong rules for coal ash.
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Coal ash, a waste product of coal-fired power plants, contains elevated levels of arsenic, mercury and lead, and now it has spilled into the Great Lakes ecosystem. The coal industry insists states are doing a fine job regulating coal ash, but as the We Energies spill has shown once again, the status quo is not good enough.
Thank you for working to protect our communities from toxic coal ash and know that you have my support in issuing strong, national regulations of this dangerous waste.