The utilities’ own data shows that heavy metals are leaking into ground and surface waters. These contaminants, such as arsenic, radium, mercury, chromium and others, threaten water quality and wildlife, and constitute illegal contamination of state waters.
Across Alabama, utilities have made plans to leave these pits in place. Their plans consist of “capping” the coal ash in unlined pits, often in or very near groundwater. Leaving ash in place does not stop or clean up pollution. For example, Alabama Power has already capped their Plant Gadsden coal ash pit, but the pit continues to pollute groundwater.
These coal ash pits threaten our waters, and we should not continually live with a threat created by the utilities when there is already a proven solution.
Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee utilities are removing a quarter of a million tons of coal ash to upland, lined landfills. We need Alabama to do the same.
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Alabama Environmental Groups Agree…
Coal ash should be dug up and moved because it is polluting Alabama’s waters. As much as possible should be recycled into concrete and the rest should be moved to upland, lined landfills using the best available technology standards, ensuring all people, communities and businesses of Alabama are out of harm’s way.
Alabama Interfaith Power and Light
Clean, Healthy, Educated, Safe & Sustainable Community, Inc. (CHESS)
Friends of the Locust Fork River
Friends of the Magnolia River
Friends of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve
Little River Waterkeeper
Mike Freeman Fishing
Mobile Environmental Justice Action Coalition
Shoals Environmental Alliance
Sierra Club Alabama Chapter
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