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Coal ash is toxic.
Communities near the approximately 2,000 coal ash sites scattered across the country face a heightened risk of cancer, learning disabilities, birth defects and other illnesses due to the hazardous materials -- including arsenic, lead and mercury -- that seep into our drinking water. Yet the industry would have us believe coal ash is as safe as regular dirt! Tell your governor and member of Congress not to be fooled by industry lies -- we need strong EPA safeguards to protect our health and environment. The EPA is taking a stand against King Coal by proposing the first ever federally enforceable regulations for coal ash, but coal companies are fighting back, pushing for weaker safeguards and winning support from key legislators. In January, the National Governors Association sent an inaccurate and misleading letter -- based on outdated studies that don't reflect the latest science -- to the EPA and members of Congress denying the hazards of coal ash and urging the EPA to maintain the current system, an inadequate patchwork of state level protections. Demand that your governor protect communities, not the coal industry, by supporting strong, federally enforceable coal ash regulations. If the BP oil disaster and the Tennessee coal ash tragedy taught us anything, it's that we can't just take the polluter's word for it anymore. It's time to stand up to the coal industry's lies and break free of the last century's dirty, dangerous, and deadly energy technology. Don't let your governor or member of Congress stand in the way of critical protections against coal ash -- send a message today! Thanks for all that you do to protect the environment. Mary Anne Hitt Sierra Club Big Picture Campaign P.S. Please forward this message and help spread the word to your friends and family!
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