Analysis to Show Coal Plants Got a "Free Pass" from Clean Water Act Compliance for 3 Decades; States With Highlighted Coal Power Plant Pollution Include: AL, CO, IL, KY, MI, MO, MT, NC, NE, PA, TN, and TX.
WASHINGTON, D.C.///NEWS ADVISORY///After three decades of delay, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finally proposing to curb the dumping of billions of pounds of toxic pollution from coal-fired power plants into U.S. waterways and drinking water sources. Newly released data will show that a strong EPA rule would sharply reduce human and wildlife exposure to dangerous water pollution such as arsenic, mercury, lead, cadmium, selenium, and other heavy metals.
The report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, Earthjustice and Waterkeeper Alliance will provide specifics on the following:
- The fact that power plants have been allowed to use U.S. waterways and water supplies as their own private dumping grounds for more than three decades — in direct violation of the Clean Water Act;
- The fact that the fixes proposed under the draft EPA rules (1) would significantly reduce, and, in some cases, even eliminate, toxic discharges; and (2) are affordable for utilities and ratepayers; and
- The fact that the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and coal-fired power plant industry lobbyists are working behind the scenes to weaken the commonsense safeguards the EPA has proposed.
States profiled in the report on the impact of toxic coal-fired power plant pollution include: Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.
The groups will outline the findings of the new report at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 during a live, phone-based news conference with full Q&A. News event speakers will be:
- Waterkeeper Alliance President Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.;
- Environmental Integrity Project Executive Director Eric Schaeffer;
- Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign Director Mary Anne Hitt;
- Earthjustice's Climate & Energy Vice President Abigail Dillen; and
- Clean Water Action President and CEO Robert Wendelgass.
TO PARTICIPATE: Join the live phone-based news conference (with full, two-way Q&A) at 11:30 a.m. EDT on July 23, 2013 by dialing 1 (800) 860-2442. Ask for the "coal water pollution report" news event. Please RSVP to Ailis Wolf at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 276-3265.
CAN'T PARTICIPATE?: A streaming audio replay of this news event will be available as of 5 p.m. EDT on July 23, 2013 at http://www.environmentalintegrity.org/.
CONTACT: Ailis Wolf, for EIP, (703) 276-3265, or email@example.com.
/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- July 22, 2013/
SOURCE Environmental Integrity Project, Sierra Club, Earthjustice, Waterkeeper Alliance, and Clean Water Action