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Coal ash seeps into our water and atmosphere as deadly toxins are emitted from coal plants and coal disposal sites. The runoff contains toxic chemicals like mercury, lead, selenium, and disturbingly, arsenic. This pollution significantly increases risks for cancer and other serious health defects.
The seriousness of this problem is no secret to the EPA, yet no regulations have been put in place that would protect us from this pollution.
We need comprehensive regulations and standards implemented in order to ensure coal ash doesn't pollute our environment and subsequently pose grave public health risks. Sign the petition asking EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to stop stalling on this issue and see to it that coal ash doesn't threaten our health, animal life, or the environment any longer.
Dear Administrator Gina McCarthy,
Coal ash pollution has caused serious health and environmental problems throughout the United States. Thankfully, your administration has decided to finally apply the first-ever regulations for coal ash pollution. Please take this opportunity, as the very first EPA administrator to address this issue, to finally crack down on the producers of this toxic waste.
Coal ash runoff enters our air and our water-waste ponds, and landfills drain into drinking water supplies. The toxins consequently end up in our drinking water, which carries such chemicals as mercury, lead, boron, arsenic, selenium, cadmium, and thallium. Many of these toxic substances have been linked to the development of cancer cells in humans.
Coal ash has poisoned at least 23 states' water supplies. This pollution must come to an end. Please place strict regulations on this horrible substance that has continually caused cancer, birth defects, and other serious health problems.
By strengthening our coal ash waste standards, we might someday soon have a clean, safe environment to live in, and to leave for our children.
Thank you for your consideration.