Community Activists Take to Airwaves in Push for Coal Ash Regulations

Community activists from across the U.S. are speaking out about the effects of coal ash on public health and the environment as part of a push to get the White House to take action on the issue. The Environmental Protection Agency proposed new rules regulating coal ash disposal last October, but the proposal has been stalled in the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs for over five months.

Coal ash, produced by burning coal for electricity, contains heavy metals including arsenic, cadmium and cobalt. Critics say exposure to these substances can cause cancer, loss of bone density and increased risk of Type 2 diabetes. The ash is often used on roads and as structural fill.

Activists from Indiana, New York, Ohio and Alabama took aim at the coal industry, and the EPA’s record of coal ash regulation in a radio broadcast sponsored by the environmental group Ohio Citizen Action this week. The broadcast did not include opposing views. A spokesman for the group said the aim was to allow residents affected by coal ash to give voice to their experiences.

The U.S. gets more than half of its electricity from coal.

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