Cleaning Up Coal Ash and Power Plant Pollution

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.

EPA wants to open a big loophole for water polluters

The Water Polluter Loophole

UPDATE: On April 15, EPA announced that it would not protect surface waters contaminated with pollution that first moves through groundwater.

Clean Water Currents - Fall 2017

Clean Water Currents | Fall 2017

Clean Water Action Sues EPA Over Toxic Water Rollback

Clean Water Action is leading the resistance against U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s reckless rollback of safeguards to protect rivers, lakes, and bays from toxic power plant water pollution.

Federal Appeals Court Orders EPA to Strengthen Rule on Toxic Power Plant Wastewater

“In light of this decision, the Trump administration should immediately abandon efforts to weaken these vital safeguards at the behest of industry,” said Jennifer Peters, Water Programs Director at Clean Water Action. “Coal plants are the top polluters of toxic waste into our nation’s waters—including drinking water sources—and it’s long past time they stopped putting our health and environment in jeopardy in order to maximize their own profits.”

Environmental Groups Challenge Trump Administration Coal Ash Rule Rollback in Court

"It's clear the Trump administration doesn't value protecting human health, especially if corporate special interests could be slightly inconvenienced," said Jennifer Peters, National Water Programs Director for Clean Water Action. "This outrageous scheme would let coal plants put communities, families, and water at risk with impunity. It's time for EPA to listen to the courts and the public and strengthen, not weaken coal ash safeguards."

From We All Live Downstream

Power plant on water
December 19, 2019

On Thursday, December 19th I participated in a "virtual" public hearing on the Trump administration's dangerous plan to let dirty power plants dump even more pollution into our rivers, putting more communities at risk. These rollbacks will impact communities across the country. Despite this, EPA decided not to host an in-person hearing on this issue, deciding instead to host the virtual hearing in the middle of the holiday season. This is not the type of meaningful engagement that communities deserve.

Below is what I told EPA. Please read it and then send a message to EPA!

photo: coal ash dump / shutterstock
April 27, 2018

Scott Pruitt is failing our children -- on purpose.

Image of Chalk Point Coal Plant from MD Sierra Club
August 22, 2017

Update: Thank you to all of our members who sent comments. The comment period is now closed - we will update you when there is an update.

We have a problem with coal-fired power plants dumping toxic pollutants such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and selenium into our waterways. These pollutants concentrate in the food chain, and already Maryland has fish consumption advisories for mercury in over ten species.