Coal ash is the second largest industrial waste stream in the U.S.

Its toxic contents include arsenic, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, mercury, selenium, and other harmful pollutants.

The coal ash amendment would leave American families unprotected from the threat of air and water contamination and the risk of a toxic spill.

There are over 1,300 coal ash dumps and more than 200 documented cases of water contamination from toxic coal ash in at least 37 states.

Seventy percent of coal ash dumps are located in low-income communities, those least prepared to respond to water contamination and airborne dust.

The mounting health and environmental threats posed by toxic coal ash, combined with inadequate state policies, bolster the urgency for minimum federal standards.

Worse still, Obama is undertaking a massive effort to augment export of American Coal to China.

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