Expansion of Coal Ash Storage By NV Energy Near Las Vegas Opposed

A battle is raging to prevent the energy company, NV Energy, from expanding its toxic coal ash landfill and wastewater ponds at its Reid Gardner coal-fired power plant. The proposed expansion of the coal ash and wastewater storage is opposed by local groups who are concerned the waste will pollute groundwater and surrounding environments.

Not only is the Reid Gardner plant located about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, it lies within a mile from the Moapa River Indian Reservation. Allowing expanded coal ash and wastewater storage so close to human activity is being strenuously opposed. NV Energy intends to build nine new highly toxic coal ash ponds, and to expand its unlined coal ash landfill. Groundwater near the plant is already being contaminated, exposing nearby residents to serious health risks.

“The BLM should not allow NV Energy to further threaten the health of people living near this dirty and dangerous plant,” said Vinny Spotleson, an organizer for the Sierra Clubʼs Beyond Coal campaign in Las Vegas. “Coal ash is incredibly toxic and it is unsafe to expand this landfill and these ponds without
appropriate safeguards.

According to the EPA, exposure to coal ash is more deadly than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. This is due, in part, to the arsenic that is released into the groundwater from toxic coal ash. Highlighting this concern, in 2007, the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP) found groundwater downstream from Reid Gardner to be at 71 times the federal maximum contaminant level for arsenic.

To demand that NV Energy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management reverse their plans for coal ash expansion, please sign the petition below.

Petition Text:

I hereby demand that the plans to expand NV Energy’s coal ash landfill and wastewater ponds at the Reid Gardner plant be reversed.

The presence of coal ash and wastewater storage so close to human activities and habitation creates an unacceptable heath risk. As shown by the arsenic found in the surrounding groundwater, the storage of coal ash and wastewater is inherently unsafe.

I strongly urge you to halt the plans to expand coal ash and wastewater storage at the Reid Gardner plant immediately.

Sincerely,
[Your name will go here]

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