Indiana residents one day left to join the dialogue concerning the coal ash waste policies employed by the state in which they live.
According to the Hoosier Environmental Counsel (HEC):
When coal is burned for electricity, ash and other wastes remain leftover. This waste includes heavy metals and other toxic materials such as mercury, selenium, thallium, arsenic, chromium, and lead. These wastes are disposed in unlined surface ponds and poorly engineered landfills. As a result, groundwater resources that supply drinking water have been contaminated.
This is certainly the case in Indiana, where we store more coal ash than anywhere else in the nation. The state of Indiana has only minimal public safeguards in place for the disposal of coal ash. [...]
The U.S. EPA has proposed a coal ash rule, which gives the public two options to choose from. One option will leave regulation and protection of public health to the states. Indiana has failed its residents already. The other option, Subtitle C, will put in place federal standards that protect public health from toxic coal ash waste.
HEC is providing a platform from which Indiana residents can speak out against improper treatment of coal ash waste. The negative effects of improper disposal have already manifested in the state in instances like the arsenic contamination in the drinking water of Pines, Indiana in 2000.
The public comment period ends today, Nov. 19. To join the debate visit http://act.hecweb.org/16/3706/tell-epa-to-take-control-regulate-coal-ash/