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Testimony for the Record (Download the PDF)
March 4, 2014
The Honorable Gina McCarthy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
Re: EPA’s Coal Ash Rule Must Ensure Public Safety and Establish Federal Enforcement Authority
Dear Administrator McCarthy:
Kingston in 2008. Lake Michigan in 2011. North Carolina in 2014. None of these toxic coal ash spills should have happened, but because of decades of lax regulations, they did. Take action today and tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that you are fed up with coal-burning power plants poisoning our water with lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and other nasty chemicals - click here!
By Lynn Thorp, National Campaign Director
Actually, it’s a complicated question. But one thing is certain. Coal plants and other facilities should not be contaminating our rivers, lakes, streams and drinking water sources with arsenic or any other toxic metals and chemicals. That is why it has been puzzling to see the reaction to the coal ash spill into the Dan River from a recent Duke Energy coal ash disposal site in Eden NC. This enormous spill has been chronicled by my colleague Jennifer Peters here and here and has made national news. Local water treatment plants have said that the spill does not pose problems for them because they are able to remove the contaminants in the ash. This is a good thing, though it demonstrates that once again our nation’s Public Water Systems have to clean up toxic waste that should have been prevented upstream. Read more.
Washington: Today Waterkeeper Alliance and Yadkin Riverkeeper released new findings that toxic coal ash is still pouring into the Dan River in North Carolina. Earlier in the day, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh launched a Federal Grand Jury Investigation into the spill, the third largest coal ash spill in US history. Clean Water Action Campaign Director Lynn Thorp released this statement.
Washington, D.C. — Clean Water Action welcomed today’s pre-publication by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of permitting guidelines for hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas where diesel is used in fracturing fluids. “These recommendations are needed to protect drinking water sources from some of the worst chemicals found in the hydraulic fracturing process and to enable the Safe Drinking Water Act to be implemented where diesel is used in drilling operations,” said Clean Water Action President Robert Wendelgass.
By Jennifer Peters, National Water Campaigns Coordinator
The motto for the City of Danville, Virginia is “The river city, where innovation flows.” Since Sunday night, the River City has been where coal ash flows. As I posted Wednesday, Duke Energy has been scrambling to stop the flow of coal ash wastewater from one of its ash ponds since a stormwater pipe beneath the pond ruptured Sunday afternoon. The ash pond, located near Eden, North Carolina, is approximately 20 miles upriver from the city of Danville, VA, which gets its drinking water from the Dan River. Our friends Catawba Riverkeeper have created this timeline of events for the ongoing spill. It’s been over five days – and I am beginning to wonder, how many Duke Energy engineers does it take to fix one broken pipe? Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke.