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Take Action: Don’t Weaken Radiation Standards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which sets and enforces standards for radiation exposure, is considering rolling back the standard. They need to hear from you! Radiation exposure is dangerous, and it is critical that the highest standard be used when assessing risk.
Take Action: No More Coal Ash Disasters
Coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal for electricity, is one of the largest waste streams in the country, with nearly 140 million tons produced each year. This toxic waste, which contains arsenic, mercury, chromium, selenium, lead, and boron, is stored in more than 400 landfills and over 1,000 wet impoundments across the country.
On February 2, 2014, nearly 140,000 tons of coal ash and contaminated wastewater spilled from an unlined holding pond in Eden, North Carolina, into the Dan River, coating 70 miles of riverbed with toxic ash and contaminating the drinking water of eight counties downstream. Despite the potential for more disasters like this all across the country, we currently have no federal safeguards to protect communities and waterways from coal ash pollution.
Dan River coal ash spill. Photo: Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins
Grassroots Activism: Thousands Turn Out to Call for Climate Action
The Environmental Protection Agency held four public hearings in Denver, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C., last week to solicit input on its proposed carbon pollution standards. Sierra Club activists and coalition partners showed up in force at all the hearings, calling for clean air and climate action — and significantly outnumbering the opposition.
Way to go, clean air lovers!