Protect Fresh Water from Coal Ash Pollution

Target: Kenneth R. Reisinger, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Waste, Air, Radiation and Remediation at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Goal: Save water quality and resident health from coal ash transported by river barge.

Two freshwater rivers and groundwater are in jeopardy by a decision to transport toxic coal ash 113 miles by river barge to dispose of it in a leaky landfill. Coal ash is a byproduct from burning coal. It contains hazardous materials such as arsenic and lead, which can dangerously pollute these freshwater sources. We must speak up now to protect water quality and the health of nearby residents that rely on these freshwater supplies.

The Bruce Mansfield Coal Power Plant, located in Pennsylvania, is the largest coal-burning power plant in the state. The coal plant’s current location to dump coal ash will be closing and so the owners of the plant, FirstEnergy Corp., must figure out what to do with the 8,500 tons of coal ash waste that the coal plant produces every day.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection has approved the plan to ship the coal ash via the Ohio and Monongahela Rivers to a landfill near Hatfield’s Ferry Power Station. This landfill, however, has leaked and polluted groundwater in the past. Dumping coal ash into this landfill will further contaminate groundwater near the site.

Water around the landfill actually contains dangerous levels of arsenic, up to 342 times the limit for clean drinking water. Adding thousands of tons of coal ash a day to this site could be disastrous. We must protect water quality by stopping the transportation of coal ash along these rivers and preventing disposal at this contaminating landfill.


Dear Deputy Secretary Reisinger,

The Bruce Mansfield power plant should be closed for good so that hundreds of tons of coal ash will not be transported by river to a landfill known for leaking toxic material. The coal plant currently produces 8,500 tons of coal ash a day that will soon be destined for this landfill in Greene County.

Coal ash waste contains dangerous materials such as chromium, arsenic, and lead. If these hazardous materials get into the water supply, our freshwater is ruined and public health is at risk.

I urge you to please revoke the approval to transport coal ash via the Ohio and Monongahela Rivers to the already damaging landfill near the Hatfield’s Ferry Power Station. Take action now to protect freshwater supplies from potential coal ash contamination.


[Your Name Here]

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