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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!

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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


Apr 19, 2018 Marilyn Bartlett
Apr 19, 2018 rey mora
Apr 19, 2018 Kelly Brewer
Apr 19, 2018 Jennifer Dellacerra
Apr 19, 2018 Erica Rakes
Apr 19, 2018 Marilyn Conrad
Apr 19, 2018 raphael balboni
Apr 19, 2018 Mara Löhr
Apr 19, 2018 Marilyn Mason
Apr 18, 2018 m Levin
Apr 18, 2018 Marco Parravicini
Apr 18, 2018 Marlis Whittier
Apr 18, 2018 Catherine Rogan
Apr 18, 2018 Martina Clerici
Apr 18, 2018 Brenda Smith
Apr 17, 2018 Tina Brown
Apr 17, 2018 Cyndy Elisberg
Apr 17, 2018 Teri Thompson
Apr 17, 2018 Tamara Weatherly
Apr 17, 2018 Karla Lagos
Apr 17, 2018 Peggy Acosta
Apr 17, 2018 Simón Contreras
Apr 17, 2018 Kelly-ann Kelly
Apr 17, 2018 baby riley
Apr 16, 2018 Judith Campo
Apr 16, 2018 Kate Kenner Do something for the environment as the title of your agency suggests.
Apr 16, 2018 Robert Guy
Apr 16, 2018 Janna Nelson
Apr 16, 2018 Pat Iacobucci
Apr 16, 2018 Lise Witter
Apr 16, 2018 Cara Ammon
Apr 16, 2018 Chinanan Khurasee
Apr 16, 2018 Katerina Abolmazova
Apr 16, 2018 silvia Gomez
Apr 15, 2018 Hope Wessel
Apr 15, 2018 Cindy Hoyle
Apr 15, 2018 Diane German
Apr 15, 2018 Keith Michelen
Apr 15, 2018 Lynn Mattson
Apr 15, 2018 jen r
Apr 15, 2018 Colene Flaherty
Apr 15, 2018 Sandy Sundquist This isn't the time to roll back the protection of our country. It's time we step up to protect everyone from this poison you seem to think is fine to use. This needs to stop being used immediately. Mr. Pruitt, you could die from it also!
Apr 15, 2018 Elizabeth Veillette
Apr 15, 2018 Leslie Michetti
Apr 15, 2018 Tim Andrew
Apr 15, 2018 lidia Bankosz
Apr 15, 2018 Donna Campbell
Apr 15, 2018 thoomas friedman
Apr 15, 2018 Jan Marek
Apr 15, 2018 Lisa m Fera

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