Coal / Coal Ash

Groups to sue EPA for release of coal ash regulations

WEST VIRGINIA — “Environmental and public health groups announced their intent Jan. 18 to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in federal court to force the release of delayed regulations for the disposal of coal combustion residues.

Groups notifying the EPA today that they plan to sue under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA, include Earthjustice, on behalf of Appalachian Voices; Chesapeake Climate Action Network; Environmental Integrity Project; French Broad Riverkeeper; Kentuckians For The Commonwealth; Moapa band of Paiutes; Montana Environmental Information Center; Physicians for Social Responsibility; Prairie Rivers Network; Sierra Club and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

‘Politics and pressure from corporate lobbyists are delaying much needed health protections from coal ash,’ said Earthjustice attorney Lisa Evans on announcing the intent to sue.

‘The law states that the EPA should protect citizens who are exposed to cancer-causing chemicals in their drinking water from coal ash,’ Evans said. ‘As we clean up the smokestacks of power plants, we can’t just shift the pollution from air to water and think the problem is solved. The EPA must set strong, federally enforceable safeguards against this toxic menace.’

RCRA requires the EPA to ensure that safeguards are regularly updated to address threats posed by wastes.

However, the agency has not taken action to ensure that safeguards address what the groups emphasize are known threats posed by coal combustion residuals, abbreviated as CCRs and often called ‘coal ash.'”

— Pam Kasey, The State Journal

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