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 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.
Georgia has a coal ash problem. Millions of tons of toxic coal ash are stored in unlined pits around the state. Millions more tons have been shipped in to lined landfills in Georgia. This waste left over from burning coal contains toxins like arsenic, mercury, lead and chromium.
And toxic coal ash pollutes our water and threatens our health. Ask your legislators to require safe clean up of the toxic coal ash pits. CLICK HERE to take action!
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