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House Passes Bill That Fails to Protect Public Health from Toxic Coal Ash

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or

October 14, 2011  

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House passed legislation which fails to protect public health from toxic coal ash (H.R. 2273) - the latest in a suite of attacks on public health safeguards outlined in Majority Leader Cantor’s Fall Agenda. This bill fails to protect the health of communities from the dangers of toxic coal ash pollution and fails to promote coal ash recycling.

LCV President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement on the passage of the legislation:

“Another day and the U.S. House delivers yet another blow to public health. We have already seen the devastating effects of mismanaged coal ash when more than one billion gallons of ash spilled across 300 acres when a dam failed at a Tennessee Valley Authority site in December 2008. Yet this bill does nothing to prevent another spill, and its weak protections will only encourage corporate polluters to continue dumping coal ash in ways that poison Americans’ water and air with toxins like arsenic, lead and mercury.”

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