Sierra Club: Coal Ash Bill Puts Thousands of Communities in Danger

WASHINGTON, D.C. –(ENEWSPF)–July 22, 2015.  Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill sponsored by Rep. David McKinley (WV) which would gut the modest protections put in place last year by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) governing the safe disposal and storage of coal ash waste. The bill has already yielded a veto threat from the White House.

In response, Dalal Aboulhosn, Sierra Club’s Senior Washington Representative for Clean Water Protections, released the following statement:

“The McKinley bill will wipe out the modest protections put forward by EPA on coal ash and makes clear that House Republicans will stoop to any low to push the toxic agenda of the fossil fuel industry.”

“It does nothing more than weaken, and in some cases eliminate, the modest gains won by communities living in the shadows of coal ash sites around the country.”

About the Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.4 million members and supporters. In addition to helping people from all backgrounds explore nature and our outdoor heritage, the Sierra Club works to promote clean energy, safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action. For more information, visit www.sierraclub.org.

Source: www.sierraclub.org