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UCS urges EPA to regulate coal ash

Download: Coal Ash Letter

In March 2009, UCS joined 108 other organizations in submitting comments to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson urging her to act to regulate disposal of coal combustion waste.  Coal combustion waste poses a serious threat to the environment and public health across the United States. Nearly a hundred million tons of toxic coal ash and related combustion wastes pile up in unlined ponds and pits across the United States every year. The disaster at TVA’s Kingston plant dramatized the need for federal standards for safe disposal of these wastes, which are virtually unregulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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