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.

Take action on our online action site, Protect Georgia.

Map of coal ash storage from coal-fired utilities in Georgia, December 2018. Please send additions or corrections to [email protected]

Earthjustice and Environmental Integrity Report on groundwater contamination from toxic coal ash ponds in Georgia.

Report on groundwater contamination at utility-owned coal ash ponds in Georgia.


If you would like to contact a representative of the Georgia Water Coalition with questions about coal ash, contact:

Jennette Gayer, Environment Georgia, 404-370-1764