The Problem with Coal Ash:

Coal Ash is the sludge-like waste left over from burning coal for electricity, and it contains toxins like arsenic, mercury, lead, and other heavy metals. Currently, the majority of the 6 million tons of coal ash that has been produced in Georgia is being stored in 29 unlined ash ponds across the state. Most of the ash ponds are located adjacent to Georgia’s rivers and streams, from the banks of the Chattahoochee River, to Lake Sinclair, to the Savannah River on the coast, and the Flint River in South Georgia. 

Recent disasters in surrounding states spilled toxic coal ash into rivers and across people’s land in the southeast. And in recent years, pollution monitoring by power companies shows that these unlined pits are leaking and continuing to contaminate Georgia’s groundwater. In addition to the coal ash being stored along Georgia’s rivers and lakes, coal ash produced by surrounding states is being shipped and stored in landfills across Georgia without thorough monitoring, or public notification. 

The Solution:

The solution is to demand that coal ash be excavated from the ponds, and stored in dry, lined, landfills away from our rivers, wetlands, lakes, and other aquifer recharge zones. 

Take Action: 

The EPD is currently accepting comments on the closure of Plant Hammond in Rome, GA.  Send an email today to tell EPD that all coal ash ponds in Georgia should be excavated and moved to lined facilities and that you want public hearings before closure permits are granted.  (To learn more about this issue, view the webinar below).

Contact the Governor and your state Senators and tell them to vote YES on SB 123 to ensure that Georgia does not continue to be a dumping ground for out of state coal ash! Click here to send an email to your legislators!  A factsheet on SB 123 can be found below. 

Contact the Governor, your Representatives, and your Senators, and tell them to vote YES on HB 756 and SB 297. These bills demand that coal ash be stored in dry, lined landfills, and would require the excavation of all coal ash ponds in Georgia. Click here to read a summary of the bill.  A factsheet on HB 756 can be found below.

Keeping Hope Alive: Overcoming Toxic Legacies

The webinar covers how Georgia’s communities are impacted by contamination and how you can engage to make a difference in overcoming the toxic legacies. Presented on April 22, 2020 and co-hosted by GIPL, One Hundred Miles, and Glynn Environmental Coalition