Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
Goal: 30,000 Progress: 12,614
Sponsored by: The Rainforest Site

Sign the petition and demand that the EPA stand by the regulations established in the Coal Combustion Residuals Rule.

Coal combustion residuals (CCRs), which are also known as coal ash, are the waste that's created by coal-fired power plants. The ash is a byproduct of burning coal for electricity. It is toxic, as it contains poisonous heavy metals like arsenic, lead, and mercury [1]. Coal ash is known to be one of the largest types of industrial waste generated in the United States. With more than 400 coal-fired power plants in the U.S. producing CCRs at a rate of over 100 million tons per year, the need for safe disposal of coal ash is clear [2].

Yet when it comes to regulating the discharge of coal ash, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the process of rolling back the rules in place. In May 2017, utility industry lobbyists petitioned for large portions of the Coal Combustion Residuals Rule to be reconsidered, rules that were put in place to protect both humans and the environment from this form of toxic waste. The coal ash rule was established in 2015 after Duke Energy spilled nearly 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River near Eden, North Carolina [3].

The EPA Administrator at the time, Scott Pruitt, granted their petition, allowing for provisions of the rule to be reconsidered. Recently, the EPA proposed over a dozen provisions to current regulations [4], which would give states more independence with their disposal of coal ash, and would allow alternative performance standards for disposal units [5].

For many reasons, these changes cannot happen.

Further rollbacks of coal ash regulations would only pose greater health risks to many Americans, and would increasingly threaten wildlife and the environment. Coal ash has been linked to serious medical issues, which include, but are not limited to, acute risk of cancer, neurological impairment, heart damage, lung disease, kidney disease, reproductive issues, and birth defects [7]. When not properly contained and disposed of, the toxic metals from coal ash can leach into groundwater, polluting the water and poisoning fish and wildlife. There have been instances where poor containment structures have failed and contaminated local drinking water [6]. Coal ash dust particles, which are harmful to the lungs and other major organs if inhaled, can be blown toward communities and recreational areas. According to a risk assessment conducted by the EPA in 2010, living near a wet coal ash storage pond is more dangerous than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day [8].

We must act in defense of our health and our environment. Tell the EPA to protect our communities from toxic waste. Sign the petition and demand the EPA keeps the established regulations of the Coal Combustion Residuals Rule in place!

Sign Here






Dear Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler,

Like many Americans, I am deeply concerned about the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed plan to change its regulations on the disposal of coal ash, which were put in place by the Coal Combustion Residuals Rule.

Coal ash is known to be one of the largest types of industrial waste generated in the United States. It is toxic, as it contains poisonous heavy metals like arsenic, lead, and mercury. More than 400 coal-fired power plants produce coal ash at a rate of over 100 million tons per year in the United States.

Coal ash has been linked to serious medical issues that include, but are not limited to, acute risk of cancer, neurological impairment, heart damage, lung disease, kidney disease, reproductive issues, and birth defects. When not properly contained and disposed of, the toxic metals from coal ash can leach into groundwater, polluting our water and poisoning fish and wildlife. It has caused water contamination problems across the country. The coal ash rule was established in 2015 after Duke Energy spilled nearly 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River near Eden, North Carolina.

When inhaled, coal ash dust particles are harmful to human health. According to a risk assessment conducted by the EPA in 2010, living near a wet coal ash storage pond is more dangerous than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.

Yet, despite the overwhelming evidence indicating the harmful effects of coal ash on human health, wildlife, and the environment, the EPA is proposing rollbacks to the rules in place at the behest of utility industry lobbyists. The proposed changes include over a dozen provisions to current regulations, and allow alternative performance standards for coal ash disposal units.

When considering the risks posed to human health and the environment, the approval of these changes is unethical and unacceptable, and they simply cannot happen.

I urge you to not move forward with the proposed rollbacks of the current coal ash regulations. Please do the right thing and protect our communities by maintaining the regulations originally put in place by the Coal Combustion Residuals Rule.

Because, I ask you, at what price is the value of human and environmental life?

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Aug 17, 2018 Bonnie Lynn MacKinnon
Aug 17, 2018 Mike Anderson
Aug 17, 2018 CLAUDIA LAPORT BORGES
Aug 17, 2018 Sandra Richards
Aug 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2018 Julie Frandsen
Aug 14, 2018 Akiko Sasauchi
Aug 13, 2018 Victoria Trozett
Aug 13, 2018 Claire Jones
Aug 13, 2018 Rina Bohland
Aug 12, 2018 Annette Thompson
Aug 12, 2018 Bonnie Schweinler
Aug 12, 2018 Pamela Zepeda
Aug 12, 2018 PAOLA BALLANTI
Aug 12, 2018 soizik franquin
Aug 12, 2018 Joanna Behrens
Aug 12, 2018 Alana Hendrickson
Aug 12, 2018 Carol Brown
Aug 12, 2018 Mary Stallard
Aug 11, 2018 Nancy Hall Despite the Reublican conviction that only profit-producers have value, WE value the health of humans, our environment & our climate, which you took an OATH to protect, not allow your political conies to despoil. DO YOUR JOB or pack up & go home. NOW!
Aug 11, 2018 Anita Maldonado
Aug 11, 2018 Anne PIZELLE
Aug 10, 2018 Mary Bunting
Aug 9, 2018 Duarte Florindo
Aug 9, 2018 Maria Carvalho
Aug 9, 2018 Kathryn Carson
Aug 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 8, 2018 Jane Brownlow
Aug 8, 2018 Christina Amiri
Aug 7, 2018 Ronald de Moura
Aug 7, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 6, 2018 Sandra Leaper EPA: Please protect our communities from toxic waste.
Aug 6, 2018 Leticia Acevedo
Aug 6, 2018 Linda Haines
Aug 6, 2018 Susan Palmer
Aug 5, 2018 lorri MacQueen
Aug 5, 2018 Henry Mongrain It's one thing when governments don't act in global, nebulous environmental problems like global warming, but it is entirely another when they can't protect their own citizens from breathing toxic air. These rollbacks would be disgraceful.
Aug 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 5, 2018 Christine Miller It is incredible that we have to petition the govt to do the obviously smart - and ethical - thing. Is there no intelligent life in Washington?
Aug 5, 2018 Linda Gordon
Aug 4, 2018 Anna Buenaventura
Aug 4, 2018 Grace Diaz
Aug 4, 2018 Marcelo Gusmao
Aug 4, 2018 Alicyn Rivera
Aug 4, 2018 Chelsea Rivera
Aug 4, 2018 Connie Delezenne
Aug 4, 2018 Teresa Ferreira-Pires
Aug 4, 2018 Janice Thompson
Aug 4, 2018 Nancy Irvine
Aug 4, 2018 Weldon Barker

back to top

Butterfly Burst Caftan
Flowers in Bloom Gift Boxed Travel Mug
Share this page and help protect habitat: