Friday, July 9, 2010

Tell the EPA what you think about coal ash regulation

Posted By on Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 12:39 PM

The folks over at EarthJustice have been busy! They've created an easy button for you that enables you to share your thoughts about coal ash with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency without much effort. Press the button here.

In case you're late to the convo, here are a few links that will quickly bring you up to speed:

Coal's Dirty Secret -- Institute for Southern Studies

Is Coal Ash Hazardous Waste, or Isn't it? -- Creative Loafing

North Carolina orders utilities to test groundwater near coal ash ponds -- Institute for Southern Studies

The Catawba Riverkeeper has also compiled a list of links. Check them out here.

To sum up, there are four unlined, high-hazard coal ash ponds near Charlotte on the Catawba River. Two of which are on the edge of Mountain Island lake, which is part of the river and also known as our main drinking water reservoir. Those two ponds are about a dozen miles from the heart of Uptown and just upstream from where Charlotte-Meckenburg Utilities withdraws our drinking water from the lake. See for yourself.

This isn't an issue we're removed from. This is an issue that's affects us all.

EarthJustice has also produced a powerful series of videos about coal ash worth watching. Here they are:

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