Clean Water Action is fighting to protect communities from toxic power plant water pollution. For decades the power plant industry enjoyed a free pass to dump unlimited amounts of dangerous chemicals directly into our surface water, including sources of water used for drinking. As long overdue new national protections go into effect, we will be fighting back against the power plant industry’s push to weaken them.
Coal-fired power plants are the largest source of toxic water pollution in the United States, dumping billions of pounds of pollution into America’s rivers, lakes, and streams each year. These pollutants, including lead and mercury, are dangerous to humans and wreak havoc in our watersheds even in very small amounts. It’s time for power plants to stop using our rivers, lakes and streams as open sewers to dump their waste!
No More Free Pass to Pollute: The Environmental Protection Agency Protects Drinking Water & Communities from Toxic Power Plants
Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the first-ever national pollution limits to control the amount of heavy metals, nutrients and other pollutants steam electric power plants can discharge into our nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and bays.
UPDATE: President Trump's EPA proposed weakening these protections in 2017. Clean Water Action is currently engaged in a campaign to stop this short-fighted rollback.
Clean Water Action’s campaign to end toxic water pollution from coal-burning power plants achieved an incredible victory on September 30, 2015 when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the first-ever national pollution limits to control the amount of harmful pollutants steam electric power plants can dump into our nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and bays.