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New Report Highlights Urgent Need to Protect American Communities From Toxic Coal Ash Pollution

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The Sierra Club and Earthjustice joined national experts and local activists in releasing "Dangerous Waters: America's Coal Ash Crisis," a report that illustrates the ongoing damage and risks to public health from the toxic sludge left over when power plants burn coal. Non-existent, inadequate or toothless state regulations and glaring risks posed by the coal ash sites featured in the report make a clear case for strong, federally enforceable safeguards. EPA is due to finalize national coal ash standards in December 2014, but it is unclear how strong those regulations will be. The agency is currently considering multiple options, including weak protections that do little to protect public health and the environment that are favored by the power industry. Read the full press release.

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