Advocating for better coal ash regulations
Wisconsin’s coal-fired power plants not only spew air and carbon pollution – they also produce a dirty, toxic byproduct called coal ash. Our research on coal ash waste shows how ash from coal plants has poisoned Wisconsin’s waterways, and Clean Wisconsin strives to promote clean energy to maintain safe, plentiful drinking water for everyone.
In 2014, Clean Wisconsin released its report on coal ash waste, Don’t Drink The Water, outlining our findings on the dangers of toxic coal ash in our state. The report demonstrates how molybdenum, a toxic metal found in coal ash, has risen to dangerously extreme levels across Southeastern Wisconsin. As a result, schools, businesses, and homes in the region don’t have access to safe drinking water.
The EPA is considering rules to regulate coal ash waste. While the current proposals don’t go far enough to make sure coal ash guidelines are enforced, Clean Wisconsin is working hard to ensure the EPA adopts the strongest federally enforceable rules possible.