What is Coal Ash?
Coal ash, the waste leftover from burning coal, is toxic. Coal ash has harmful metals, like mercury and arsenic, and other dangerous chemicals. These chemicals become even more dangerous when they enter our water supplies. Recent disasters spilled toxic coal ash into rivers and across people’s land in the southeast. On top of these high profile spills, pollution monitoring conducted by power companies shows that these unlined pits leak and contaminate groundwater. So now, electric utilities are moving millions of tons of this waste to lined landfills to get them out of old, leaky unlined ponds.
To protect communities around the state, the Georgia Water Coalition (GWC) is pursuing legislation that will:
- Ensure all of Georgia’s toxic coal ash waste is stored in dry, lined, and capped facilities.
- Aggressively monitor coal ash storage facilities for leaks.
- Require public notification when coal ash waste threatens communities.
- Require producers of coal ash to provide drinking water when coal ash contamination is discovered in private drinking water wells.
- Keep coal ash landfills away from wetlands and fragile ecosystems.
September 29, 2020. The Albany Herald. "Georgia Water Coalition Lauds Passage of Coal Ash Bill".
September 28, 2020 - Georgia Water Coalition Issues Coal Ash Thank Yous
June 24, 2020 - One coal ash bill headed to Governor’s desk
June 19, 2020, Senate Committee passes coal ash drainage bill