By Jennifer Peters, National Water Campaign Coordinator (Follow Jennifer on Twitter – @EarthAvenger)
Update – February 18, 2014: Click here to tell EPA to Put Drinking Water First and Protect Communities from Coal Ash!
After years of delay, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it will finalize a coal ash disposal rule by December 19, 2014. This is great news and a step in the right direction. It’s also a testament to the power of sustained activism in the court of public opinion and the federal courts. This announcement is the result of a lawsuit settlement brought by public interest groups and the Moapa Band of Paiute tribe in Nevada. EPA first proposed a coal ash rule in June 2010, largely in response to public outcry following the catastrophic coal ash spill in Tennessee in December 2008 that buried several homes and contaminated nearby streams. But progress has languished since, despite hundreds of thousands of Americans calling for action. Read the rest of this entry »