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Environmental Groups to Sue EPA Over Coal Ash

Allan Gerlat

January 19, 2012

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Environmental Groups to Sue EPA Over Coal Ash

Several environmental groups plan to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), charging inadequate regulation of coal ash.

Led by New York-based Earthjustice, the groups told the EPA in a letter that they intend to sue the agency in federal court for insufficient oversight on coal ash disposal, improper testing and measurement of toxicity, and insufficient protections of ground water and surface water.

“It is well past time for the EPA to perform its duties under [the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA] to complete a timely review and to revise regulations that fail to protect human health and the environment,” the letter stated. “Thus … we will ask the court to direct the EPA to complete its review of the regulation of coal ash as soon as possible and to determine whether revision of such regulations are ‘necessary’ to comport with the goals of the act.”

Other groups endorsing the letter besides Earthjustice were Appalachian Voices, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Environmental Integrity Project, French Broad Riverkeeper, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Moapa Band of Pauites, Montana Environmental Information Center, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Prairie Rivers Network, Sierra Club and Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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