When: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 12:00 Noon
Where: EPA Region 3 Offices at 17th & Arch
Who: Environmental Activists like YOU that want to exercise our right of free speech
Why: The people and wildlife of Appalachia are not being protected from coal mines and its supporting industries.
This is Why We Need The EPA to Step Up for Clean Water!
Kentucky has little regulation of coal ash, and State regulators don't enforce those on the books. The head of the North Carolina environmental agency spent 28 years working for Duke Energy -- responsible for both slurry spills -- before being appointed by Governor Pat McCrory. Duke Energy contributed $1.1 million to McCrory’s campaigns and groups that supported him. Pennsylvania has the basis for strong regulations on coal mining and waste, but fails woefully in enforcement. Tennessee regulations lack requirements for protection of surface and subsurface waters and lack emergency action plans. Virginia fails to protect the public from coal ash by imposing basic safeguards at coal ash dumps. State regulators in West Virginia routinely fail to hold the coal industry accountable for its pollution.
State Regulators are NOT protecting their Citizens:
West Virginia chemical spill leaves 300,000 without tap water
REUTERS | January 11, 2014 By Ann Moore
W.Va. coal prep plant spills slurry into creek
Associated Press – February 11, 2014
Duke starts dredging river as coal ash deal dumped
By MICHAEL BIESECKER and MITCH WEISS | Associated Press – Tue, Feb 11, 2014
Second coal ash dump leak sends toxins into North Carolina river
By Eric M. Johnson | Reuters – February 19, 2014
'Significant' slurry spill blackens Kanawha creek
Ken Ward Jr. Monday, February 24, 2014
More than 100,000 gallons of coal slurry poured into an eastern Kanawha County stream, blackening roughly six miles of Fields Creek, and some of the slurry made it into the Kanawha River.