Please read what is below and sign the petition! If we truely want to make a difference, we have to stop the poison attached to important bills that we do want passed and this is one of them. They also tried to attach the Keystone Pipeline XL to this bill. They just don't give up!
Coal ash: it's the toxic leftovers from coal-fired power plants that is filled
with arsenic, lead, mercury and other hazardous chemicals. It poisons lakes,
rivers, streams, underground aquifers and drinking water supplies. It can cause
cancer, organ damage and even death. At least 185 coal ash dump sites have
contaminated water supplies, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency admits
that at nearly 504 dumps, a major spill will likely cause loss of human life.
Now the House of Representatives wants to make sure there are never any federal
protections against coal ash.
Recently, the House passed a massive Transportation Bill, attaching an amendment
that would prohibit the EPA from setting enforceable safeguards for toxic coal
ash. Our elected officials voted to allow power plants and other big polluters
to keep dumping toxic waste into unlined and unmonitored ponds and landfills
that can poison our waters and our health.
Have they forgotten the largest toxic waste spill in U.S. history that occurred
in 2008 in Kingston, TN, when over 1 billion gallons of coal ash burst from an
earthen dam, swept away homes and covered 300 acres in toxic sludge? There are
still 710 coal ash ponds operating in 35 states, and enough coal ash is
generated each year to fill train cars stretching from the North Pole to the
Please urge your senators to reject any amendments that gut federal coal ash
protections. The transportation bill is meant to ensure safe roads, safe
highways and safe communities. Polluting it with amendments that will poison our
communities is unfair to millions of Americans living near these coal ash sites.
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