Coal-fired power plants are the nation’s biggest water polluters – every year, they dump millions of pounds of pollutants, including toxic metals like arsenic, boron, mercury, cadmium, lead and selenium, into our rivers, streams, and lakes. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than 50% of all toxic water pollution comes from coal-fired power plants.
Washington, DC: Clean Water Action joined dozens of groups to urge President Obama to protect our water from pollution from power plants. The groups are urging the release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed “Steam Electric Power Generating Category Effluent Limitation Guidelines” for public comment by the court-ordered deadline of April 19th.
“Coal fired power plants are the largest water polluters in the U.S. They account for nearly three quarters of toxic water pollution,” said Robert Wendelgass, Clean Water Action President and CEO. “The amount of toxic pollution, which includes arsenic, mercury, cadmium and selenium, which are all harmful to humans and aquatic life – are incredible and must be drastically reduced.”
More than two months ago President Obama nominated Gina McCarthy, a dedicated public servant with nearly three decades of experience, to be EPA Administrator. We’re still waiting for the Senate to confirm her. You can make sure she gets a vote, and that your Senators vote YES, by telling your Senators “I stand with Gina!” Click here to tell your Senators!
Right now many important wetlands and streams – the drinking water sources for nearly 117 million Americans - are vulnerable to pollution and destruction. Join your neighbors and the thousands of Clean Water Action members today and tell the President to take action now to protect all our nation’s waters.