Cleaning Up Coal Ash and Power Plant Pollution

Clean Water Action is fighting to protect communities from toxic power plant water pollution. For decades the power plant industry enjoyed a free pass to dump unlimited amounts of dangerous chemicals directly into our surface water, including sources of water used for drinking. As long overdue new national protections go into effect, we will be fighting back against the power plant industry’s push to weaken them.

Latest Trump Rollback Puts Our Nation’s Drinking Water at Greater Risk

"It’s unconscionable for EPA to give coal plants a free pass to continue to contaminate drinking water sources and poison the rivers and lakes where people fish to put food on their table."

 

EPA wants to open a big loophole for water polluters

The Water Polluter Loophole

UPDATE: On April 15, EPA announced that it would not protect surface waters contaminated with pollution that first moves through groundwater.

Environmental Groups Challenge Trump Administration Coal Ash Rule Rollback in Court

"It's clear the Trump administration doesn't value protecting human health, especially if corporate special interests could be slightly inconvenienced," said Jennifer Peters, National Water Programs Director for Clean Water Action. "This outrageous scheme would let coal plants put communities, families, and water at risk with impunity. It's time for EPA to listen to the courts and the public and strengthen, not weaken coal ash safeguards."

Eckert Power Plant, Lansing

Trump’s Toxic Water Plan for Power Plants is Riddled with Polluter Loopholes

Proposed Rule Would Allow Coal Utilities to Continue to Use Old, Ineffective Pollution Treatment

From We All Live Downstream

Power plant on water
December 19, 2019

On Thursday, December 19th I participated in a "virtual" public hearing on the Trump administration's dangerous plan to let dirty power plants dump even more pollution into our rivers, putting more communities at risk. These rollbacks will impact communities across the country. Despite this, EPA decided not to host an in-person hearing on this issue, deciding instead to host the virtual hearing in the middle of the holiday season. This is not the type of meaningful engagement that communities deserve.

Below is what I told EPA. Please read it and then send a message to EPA!

photo: coal ash dump / shutterstock
April 27, 2018

Scott Pruitt is failing our children -- on purpose.

Image of Chalk Point Coal Plant from MD Sierra Club
August 22, 2017

Update: Thank you to all of our members who sent comments. The comment period is now closed - we will update you when there is an update.

We have a problem with coal-fired power plants dumping toxic pollutants such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and selenium into our waterways. These pollutants concentrate in the food chain, and already Maryland has fish consumption advisories for mercury in over ten species.