Tell your representative to keep toxic coal ash out of our drinking water

Here we go again. The House of Representatives is continuing its weekly assault on environmental protections. This week, the House will vote on a bill that would allow more toxics to be released into our air and water, where they can damage our health.

At issue is how to dispose of coal ash, the remnants from coal burning. That ash is laced with numerous toxic substances, including arsenic, lead and mercury, that can cause cancer and damage the nervous system and other organs, especially in children.

In December 2008, a Tennessee dam holding back toxic coal ash failed and tons of coal ash destroyed homes, devastated a community and despoiled a river. While the Environmental Protection Agency is trying to ensure that coal ash is disposed of in a way that it does not threaten more communities, the House bill (H.R. 2273) would block that effort.

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~ by FSVSF Admin on 13 October, 2011.

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