Citizens living near coal ash invite White House to visit

CLEVELAND — “In a push for better regulation of coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal, people from around the country are writing letters and inviting the Obama administration to visit their homes and see the effects of the material first-hand. In October, the EPA proposed regulating coal ash, which some say is hazardous to human health, but proponents for regulation say that the proposal has stalled in the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).

A Cleveland, Ohio-based group called Ohio Citizen Action has organized the letter-writing drive. In a press release, the organization references a letter from Elisa Young, who lives in Meigs County, Ohio. According to the release, there are four coal-fired power plants within 11.5 miles of Young’s home. Young wrote a letter to OIRA Director Cass Sunstein: ‘Where is the justice in allowing a community already saturated in coal waste and with these kinds of health statistics to continue to bear the brunt of this burden with no regulatory oversight?'”

— Madison Underwood, Birmingham Weekly

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