Do you know if water from coal waste pits is in your river or drinking water?
Take action today!
You deserve to know if water from coal waste pits is pumped into nearby rivers and streams. But time is running out. HB 879 must pass the House by Wednesday, February 28. Send an email today to your legislators asking them to VOTE YES on HB 879 to notify communities when water from coal pits is pumped into nearby rivers, streams, lakes, and marshes.
Coal waste is toxic. The waste leftover from burning coal has toxic metals, like mercury and arsenic, and other dangerous chemicals. These chemicals become even more dangerous when they enter our water supplies.
- About 80 million tons of coal waste is stored in unlined pits near rivers, lakes and drinking watersupplies in Georgia
- Georgia Power is closing all 29 of its ash ponds around Georgia.
- The corporation received approval from state regulators to pump and treat water from these pits into nearby waterways, including the Chattahoochee River, coastal areas, and other water supply rivers in Georgia.
- The sludge left behind in these unlined pits will either be moved to landfills or covered up and left in place.
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