and public health groups recently filed a lawsuit against the EPA. The groups hope to force the EPA to finish a rulemaking process and finalize safeguards against toxic coal ash. Coal ash is the byproduct of coal-fired power plants and includes many dangerous
pollutants. The EPA has not updated its waste disposal and control standards for coal ash in the last thirty years. And, to make matters worse, recent EPA data showed that 29 power plants have contaminated the groundwater near coal ash dump sites.
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act requires the EPA to regularly update safeguards, but the EPA has never done so. This lawsuit pressures the EPA to set deadlines for review and revision of coal ash waste safeguards. Furthermore, the suit asserts the EPA has a responsibility to protect American citizens from environmental threats to our health, and it is not performing its obligations.