Keep Toxic Waste Out of Our Water

10-7-13 Dead Fish photo

Target: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

Goal: Stop millions of pounds of toxic waste, created by power plants, from entering our water

Each year, millions of pounds of toxic waste are spilled into our water.  One of the worst offenders is coal-fueled power plants, which create more toxins in the United States than any other industry. Help petition to update regulations limiting the amount of poisonous materials which can seep into our valuable water sources.

The last time the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated regulations to control the amount of waste dumped by coal-powered plants was during President Reagan’s administration, between 1981–1989. Yet last year alone, 120 million tons of toxic waste were created by these destructive power plants, creating an issue that clearly needs to be addressed. The type of waste most commonly dumped is known as “fly ash”, a wet solid residue which is a product of coal combustion. This waste is typically created in one of two ways: before it’s burned, coal is crushed and washed, creating toxin-filled waste water, or after it’s burned, the ash is mixed with other toxins to stabilize it for transportation to a landfill. In the landfill, it will seep into the ground and then mix with natural water sources.

There are approximately 500 coal-fueled power plants currently operating across America. Each plant alone produces 240,000 tons of toxic waste each year, meaning that in just one decade, a single power plant creates nearly 2.5 million tons of waste which pollutes our soil and water. However, by changing to a dry-waste system, coal plants can reduce pollution by millions of pounds, saving our earth and water, protecting the fish we eat and our children who play in the great outdoors.

Help petition EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to regulate the amount of poisonous waste which can be disposed of by hundreds of coal-fired power plants. There is absolutely no reason for this incredibly high amount of pollutants to be entering our water systems, especially when there is an alternative process that the power plants could be using to prevent millions of pounds of waste. Sign below to tell the EPA and the power plants to stop contaminating our valuable water sources.


Dear Administrator McCarthy,

Currently, 500 coal-fueled power plants across the United States are creating millions of pounds of toxic waste. This waste is then leaking into our water, which we drink from, catch fish in, and encourage children to play around.

These regulations were put in place during the 1980s, and are desperately in need of being altered to fit the current rate of waste production. A single power plant can create 7.2 million tons of waste in the nearly thirty years since these regulations have been addressed.

Please update the regulations which will limit the amount of toxic waste these plants can produce. Whether it is done by instituting a dry-ash pollution policy, or through other solutions, this amount of poisonous material entering our water is unacceptable.


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