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Protect Communities from Toxic Coal Ash!

Action needed by 20, 2010

There are serious problems posed by toxic coal ash left from the burning of coal.  Alaskan communities in the Interior are exposed to heavy metals such as arsenic, lead and mercury seeping from ash storage sites leached into our drinking water, rivers and streams. The result -- increased risk of cancer, learning disabilities, birth defects and other illnesses.

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.  We need strong, federally enforceable safeguards to protect communities from toxic coal ash.

Coal ash is hazardous, but less strictly controlled than household garbage. EPA must adopt enforceable federal safeguards, not suggested guidelines for states, to protect our communities.

You can click here to view the proposed rules.  http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-12286.pdf

Take Action:

Send a message today and help us give the EPA the support it needs to stand up to King Coal.  Click here to send your letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

No matter how you submit your comments, make sure that they are identified by the special docket number associated with this rulemaking. The docket number for this coal ash rule is: EPA-HQ-RCRA-2009-0640.

Here are the specifics on how to comment:

  • Through the internet: go to www.regulations.gov and follow the simple instructions.
  • By Email: Include your comments as an attachment or in the email’s text, then email to rcra-docket@epa.gov. Include the docket number in the subject line. Note that internet submissions are anonymous but email submissions are not.
  • By Fax: send to 202 566 0272 and make sure the cover sheet has the docket number.
  • By Mail: Include two copies of your comments and send to:
    • Hazardous Waste Management System; Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals From Electric Utilities Docket; Attention Docket ID No EPA-HQ-RCRA-2009-0640; Environmental Protection Agency; 5305T; 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20460.
    • Hand Delivery: Walk two copies of your comments to the EPA in DC at Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20406.
Send a message today and help us give the EPA the support it needs to stand up to King Coal.  Click here to send your letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

More Information:

Lindsey Hajduk, lindsey@sierraclubalaska.org

Russ Maddox, russmaddox@yahoo.com

     
     

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