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.

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.”

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.

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."

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From We All Live Downstream

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.

October 5, 2015

For years Clean Water Action and our allies have been fighting to rein in the largest toxic water polluter in the U.S. – coal-burning power plants. It’s no secret that coal-burning power plants pollute our air with unhealthy chemicals. What is not as well known is these plants have also been dumping arsenic, lead, mercury, selenium and other nasty pollutants directly into our lakes, rivers, streams, and bays for decades – far more than any other polluting industry. At the end of September, the U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA) finally closed this longstanding polluter loophole in our nation’s Clean Water Act.