Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
Goal: 30,000 Progress: 11,281
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].

EPA Administrator 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 Scott Pruitt,

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


Jun 21, 2018 Stephanie Warning
Jun 21, 2018 Emily Rogers
Jun 20, 2018 Virginia Lippert
Jun 20, 2018 Karl Lohrmann
Jun 19, 2018 Ronda Hightower
Jun 18, 2018 Cynthia Lantz
Jun 18, 2018 Jessica Friel
Jun 17, 2018 Haley Grant
Jun 17, 2018 carey mayfield
Jun 17, 2018 bob petermann
Jun 17, 2018 Joe Pallon
Jun 17, 2018 sara Elkins
Jun 17, 2018 Carol Ann Sherratt
Jun 17, 2018 Marion Hulen
Jun 17, 2018 Susan Haberlin
Jun 17, 2018 Rebecca Keaton The effects of coal ash on people are well known, and not good. It is ridiculous to go back to the past problems which we have made better!
Jun 17, 2018 Elena Powers
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Kimberly Milne These regulations were put in place for a reason...TO PROTECT HUMANS AND WILDLIFE FROM TOXIC SUBSTANCES. DO NOT ROLL BACK THE PROTECTIONS WE COUNT ON!!
Jun 17, 2018 Leon Muhudinov
Jun 17, 2018 Wayne Groh
Jun 17, 2018 Liz Scherbak
Jun 17, 2018 Jim Sigg
Jun 17, 2018 Carol Bostick
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Donna Silvio
Jun 17, 2018 Margaret Adams
Jun 17, 2018 Connie Ball Coal ash is lethal -- and with no good uses. Mixed in with cement to attempt to destroy how deadly it is.
Jun 17, 2018 Dona Gartrell For a change care about people's health rather than big business.
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Mary Siegler
Jun 17, 2018 Carolyn Smith
Jun 17, 2018 Nicky M Stop this coal ash rule now it is not health
Jun 17, 2018 Betty Leach
Jun 17, 2018 Charlotte Gardiner
Jun 17, 2018 Susan Jacobs
Jun 17, 2018 CYNTHIA FERENCI NO MORE COAL!! SOLAR AND WIND POWER IS THE ONLY SANE WAY TO MOVE FORWARD!!
Jun 17, 2018 Leanne Martin
Jun 17, 2018 Gela Fogle
Jun 17, 2018 Jocelyn Valdez
Jun 17, 2018 Valerie Sisson
Jun 17, 2018 Steven Gordon
Jun 17, 2018 Sally Blevins STOP Scott Pruitt from MUCKING up our world, because it belongs to everyone not just the rich energy demons.
Jun 17, 2018 Shauna Killen
Jun 17, 2018 Alice McCartney
Jun 17, 2018 Elissa Wagner
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Amaia Perez
Jun 17, 2018 Sharon Noll Please do what is right for our people and our environment!

back to top

Purple Paw Womens Casual Shorts
Butterflies and Blooms Layered Tunic
Share this page and help protect habitat: