Posted 9 months ago on Aug. 30, 2012, 3:51 p.m. EST by ZenDog
from South Burlington, VT
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2273, a bill that would block the EPA's attempt to adopt the first ever federal regulation for coal ash disposal. Now, the newest threat is in the U.S. Senate.
The dirty secret of coal-fired power plants continues to poison waters and threaten communities. At nearly 200 sites, coal ash has contaminated nearby streams, lakes, rivers and aquifers with dangerous levels of arsenic, selenium, lead and mercury. Nearby communities drink these waters, increasing chances for cancer and other disease.
Despite the danger, some senators recently introduced legislation that would prohibit the EPA from ever setting federal protections against coal ash. This toxic pollution will continue to flow into our waters, and a problem that already threatens our health and environment will only get worse.
Please take a moment to tell your senators that coal ash is a toxic threat! Passing legislation that limits the EPA's ability to clean up these sites and protects polluter profits over public health is not what Americans deserve. The coal industry is a powerful force in Washington. But our senators are elected to represent our best interests, not to bow to the demands of big polluters.
Tell your senator to get coal ash out of our drinking waters and protect our communities!
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