Full Title: Poisonous Coverup: The Widespread Failure of the Power Industry to Clean Up Coal Ash Dumps
Author(s): Abel Russ, Keene Kelderman, Lisa Evans, and Caroline Weinberg
Publisher(s): Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice
Publication Date: November 3, 2022
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In every state where coal is burned, the utility industry is violating a federal regulation known as the Coal Ash Rule. To save money and avoid liability, nearly all coal plant owners are ignoring key requirements and employing common tricks to avoid mandatory cleanup. The result is widespread groundwater contamination that threatens our drinking water supplies and aquatic life. This report presents evidence of contamination at more power plants than previously documented – bringing the total to over 265 sites – and also describes the pervasive noncompliance that continues to prevent environmental restoration.