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Protect Our Families from Coal Ash

Victim of Toxic Coal Ash dumping by AES Corporation in 2003 and 2004

Here’s a special call to action from 1Sky Campaign Director Liz Butler (pictures added).

Coal power plants are by far the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in this country. Their pollution is making our planet a more dangerous place to live.

But these coal plants also create a by-product waste called “coal ash.”  Coal ash contains toxic chemicals like arsenic, mercury and lead that can poison the water supplies of entire communities and are known to cause birth defects and premature deaths.

The Obama Administration needs to regulate coal ash as “hazardous waste” — and as you’d expect, Dirty Coal and their allies plan to fight these regulations tooth and nail to protect their profits.

The deadline for comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about toxic coal ash is this Friday, Nov. 19th at 6PM. Tell the EPA you support cracking down on Dirty Coal and their dangerous coal ash.

On December 22, 2008, a ruptured ash dike at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Eastern Tennessee released 1.1 billion gallons of coal ash — enough to fill 1,660 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The spill covered nearly 400 acres of land, causing major property and environmental damage. The sludge contained high levels of heavy metals like arsenic, lead and selenium that can cause cancer and neurological problems.

This is exactly the kind of disaster that the EPA needs to prevent in the future with tough regulations. Tell the EPA you support cracking down on Dirty Coal and their dangerous coal ash.

Victim of Toxic Coal Ash dumping by AES Corporation in 2003 and 2004

Hundreds of 1Sky supporters like you attended EPA hearings about coal ash over the past few months, but you still have a chance to speak out. The more the EPA hears from concerned citizens like you, the harder it will be for Dirty Coal to water down or block these regulations.

Let’s protect the health of our families and communities. The EPA’s deadline for comments about coal ash is this Friday, Nov. 19th at 6PM — send your comments to the EPA today.

Thank you for taking action!

Photo Credits: iLoveMountains.org via flickr (CC license); iLoveMountains.org via flickr (CC license)




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