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Tell Governor Parnell to Support Communities, Not the Coal Industry

Right now, communities across the country face an increased risk of cancer, learning disabilities, birth defects and other illnesses due to dangerous materials like arsenic, lead and mercury that seep into our drinking water from coal ash disposal sites.

The EPA is working to protect our health by proposing the first ever federally enforceable regulations for coal ash, but King Coal is fighting back, pushing for weaker safeguards and winning support from key legislators.  In January, the National Governors Association sent an inaccurate and misleading letter to the EPA and members of Congress denying the hazards of coal ash -- based on outdated studies that don’t reflect the latest science -- and urging the EPA to maintain the current system, an inadequate patchwork of state level protections.

Take Action:

CLICK HERE to tell your governor and member of Congress to defend communities, not the coal industry, by supporting strong EPA safeguards to protect Americans from toxic coal ash.
  1. Personalize the message text on the right with your own words, if you wish.
  2. Complete the form below with your information.
  3. Click the Send Message button to send your letter to Gov. Sean R. Parnell and Rep. Donald 'Don' Edwin Young .

 CLICK HERE to tell Gov. Parnell and Rep. Young to put your community's health first!

Here's what your letter can say:

Toxic coal ash threatens our communities with poisoned drinking water, contaminated streams and harmful air emissions. Communities near the approximately 2,000 ash disposal sites scattered across the country face an increased risk of cancer, learning disabilities, birth defects and other illnesses due to heavy metals -- such as arsenic, lead and mercury -- that seep into drinking water. Yet the industry would have us believe coal ash is as safe as dirt!

The EPA is working to protect Americans by proposing the first ever federally enforceable standards for coal ash disposal. But opponents of these protective measures are asking elected officials to side with the coal industry, not citizens, and help pressure the EPA into allowing the dangerous status quo to continue.

If the BP oil disaster and the Tennessee coal ash tragedy taught us anything, it's that we can't just take the polluter's word for it anymore. This is a national problem -- and a national solution is needed.  Federally enforceable safeguards are the only way to guarantee the public will be safe from the dangers of toxic coal ash. Please don't stand in the way!

More Information:

Lindsey Hajduk, lindsey@sierraclubalaska.org

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