Coal ash is a toxic byproduct of coal-burning power plants. Across Alabama, there are more than 110 million tons of toxic coal ash in unlined pits next to our waterways at nine different sites owned by Alabama Power, TVA and PowerSouth.
The utilities’ own data shows that heavy metals are leaking into ground and surface waters at these sites. These contaminants, such as arsenic, radium, mercury, chromium and other heavy metals and known carcinogens, threaten water quality and wildlife, and constitute illegal contamination of state waters.
In other Southern states, utilities are handling their coal ash responsibly by excavating and removing this coal ash to dry, lined storage in modern landfills. But Alabama utilities are planning to leave this toxic pollution in place, forever, by “capping” the coal ash in unlined pits.
The public hearings on Alabama Power’s plans for its next two sites, and their comment dates, are:
Tuesday, March 30 from 6 – 7:30 pm
Hampton Inn and Suites Saraland
80 Shell Street
Saraland, AL, 36571
If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you can submit comments by APRIL 6.
THURSDAY, April 1 from 6 – 7:30 pm
Shelby County High School Auditorium
101 Washington Street
Columbiana, AL, 35051
If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you can submit comments by APRIL 8.
State officials need to hear from you—submit comments today and tell the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) that Alabama’s coal ash must be moved from unlined, leaking pits to dry, lined modern storage away from our waters.
Click below to watch the 2018 Southern Exposure film, ASHES TO ASHES, to learn more about coal ash throughout Alabama.