Coal ash, waste produced when coal is burned for energy, contains many known carcinogenic and neurotoxic chemicals, including a variety of concentrated heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, mercury and selenium.
Virginia’s coal ash and disposal regulations have serious gaps that heighten the risk of future harm to our health and the environment. Because of a lack of safeguards, storage ponds are nothing more than unlined earthen pits situated along major waterways such as the Potomac and James River.
Contact your state Senator and ask them to support:
- SB1398: Requires comprehensive assessment and evaluation of coal ash sites, long-term safety, and water pollution.
Take action today! Tell them our water needs better protections from coal ash!