Target: Majority Leader Harry Reid
Goal: To prevent a law that would stop the EPA from regulating coal ash.
Coal ash is a form of environmental pollutant that has gone largely unregulated throughout United States history. It appears that some Congressmen are now taking another leap, by proposing a transportation bill which would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash pollution in the future.
In 2008, the largest coal ash spill in United States history washed away the town of Kingston, Tennessee in a wave of toxic slurry. This disaster was five times larger than the BP oil spill. Coal ash is normally stored in giant ponds, some close to communities. As a result, coal ash can often end up in the drinking water. The ash is no better when it is airborne. One reason that asthma rates have increased so much in the United States over the past several years is because of the coal ash circulating in our air.
Coal ash ponds also contain other deadly compounds such as arsenic, lead and mercury. The EPA has estimated that arsenic found in coal ash pounds causes cancer risks to rise as high as one in fifty individuals in nearby communities. One hundred and forty million tons of coal ash is produced each year. Why should this dangerous pollutant not be regulated? If this bill passes disposal of banana peels and other household trash would be more stringently regulated in the U.S. than the dumping of toxic ash.
Congress has also tacked another nasty tidbit on the end of this transportation bill. Some of the provisions included in the bill would advance the controversial Keystone Pipeline. Proponents argue that this bill will create jobs, but if everyone is too sick to work, it certainly won’t be effective.
Let Congress know that this bill cannot be made into law. If the health of future generations is to be protected, the EPA must be able to regulate coal ash.
Dear Mr. Henry Reid,
A new transportation bill is up for review, and among other provisions, this bill would prevent coal ash from being regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency. This is a serious mistake which endangers the lives and health of future generations.
Coal ash is a deadly, largely unregulated compound that contributes to increase rates of cancer and asthma. One hundred and forty million tons of coal ash is produced each year, and lead, mercury and arsenic are created along with it. Often, this ash is stored in gigantic ponds near communities, causing the contaminants to end up in communities’ drinking water.
The current lack of legislation concerning coal ash is a dangerous one. In 2008, the largest coal ash spill in United States history washed away the town of Kingston, Tennessee in a wave of toxic slurry. This disaster was five times larger than the BP oil spill.
The proposed transportation bill will not only prevent the EPA from regulating coal ash in the future, it also increases support for the Keystone Pipeline. If this bill passes, disposal of banana peels and other household trash would be more stringently regulated in the U.S. than the dumping of toxic ash.
I ask that Senate does not pass the proposed transportation bill. Creating jobs is not worth the consequences to our nation’s health.
[Your Name Here]